Looking to return to the NBA better than ever, Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose has some stern words for his critics and doubters: by the time the season kicks off they’ll be eating their words.
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) July 27, 2014
Whether Rose returns to the player he was pre-injury or not, these are bold words coming from a player who hasn’t made an on-the-court impact for his team in the last two years.
Last season was supposed to be the year Derrick Rose returned to the league and maintained his place in NBA hierarchy that was vacated due to his absence because of injury. But instead of mesmerizing the world with play that lent to the NBA awarding him with the 2011 NBA MVP, Rose got off to a rocky start. And when he began to look more and more like his former self, Rose’s season was, once again, cut short because of injury–this time a meniscus tear.
There are already skeptics who weren’t sure Rose could be the same player he was before the ACL injury in 2012. And with Rose falling victim to injury again, the skepticism has grown ten-fold.
Luckily, Rose is in prime position to prove the bunch who wants to see him fail wrong. With the additions of Doug McDermott, Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic, and Aaron Brooks, Rose oddly be the missing link to this Bulls team making their first NBA Finals appearance since the Michael Jordan era, especially with the Eastern Conference wide open.
Bickering back and forth with doubters is a poor way to quiet his doubters. The only way Rose’ll be able to convince them otherwise is with elite play on the floor. And that’s what we’re all hoping for.