Back in 2010, Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose spent the majority of the season destroying opponents and leading his team to the postseason with the NBA’s MVP trophy eventually finding it’s way to his home mantle.
Sadly, we all know what has taken place since that time as Derrick Rose has struggled to remain on the court, though seemingly healthy and looking spry as ever for Team USA, the point guard looks as good as we’ve seen him in a few years.
The Chicago Bulls feel the same, especially head coach Tom Thibodeau who couldn’t stop gushing over his veteran after Team USA’s victory over Brazil on Saturday evening.
“I thought his first (USA team) experience in 2010 was the springboard to his MVP season. All summer long he’s gotten more comfortable. He went through the comeback last year and I think he learned a lot from it. I love the way he’s playing,” Thibodeau stated. ” I think he’s in a really good place. It’s unfortunate what he’s gone through. But I think that adversity has made him a lot stronger. It was really seeds of growth for him. I love where he is mentally and physically right now.”
It’s just one of many glowing reviews for Derrick Rose who has seemingly blown away both members of the Team USA coaching staff and fellow players with his impressive play.
It remains to be seen how well D-Rose will hold up over the course of an 82-game season, but for now it looks as if the former league MVP is making significant strides to find himself in contention for that award yet again.
For what it’s worth, ESPN believes he’ll finish third in voting behind both LeBron James and Kevin Durant.