Derrick Rose’s name will always be mentioned as a “what-could-have-been.” He just showed us tonight, and the Twitter-sphere loved it.
So, Derrick Rose just turned back the clock and dropped a big, round 50 points on the Utah Jazz. He was incredibly efficient, shooting 19-for-31 from the field. He only got the start because Jeff Teague had to miss the game with a knee injury, but what began as a spot-start became a night to remember — and not just for Timberwolves fans.
A performance like this from Rose is nostalgic for us all, bringing back shades of his unprecedented athleticism before his career was ravaged by injuries. The guy won an MVP in just his third season, but we know all too well what happened from there.
So as he enjoys a night for the ages, Twitter showed its support.
The entire NBA will indeed be on notice. Rose proved tonight that he still has gas left in the tank, if only his body would just stop betraying him. Here’s to hoping it does.
The Athletic’s Michael Lee pointed out the lesson we can all learn from Rose’s persistence.
It’s only fitting that we get to see vintage D-Rose on the night when his team is rocking its vintage unis.
While it’ll be overshadowed by his scoring output, Rose also saved the game with a block on a potential game-tying 3-point attempt by Jazz forward Dante Exum.
Here’s Rose’s full, emotional post-game interview on the court.
This GIF is all of us.
Chills. As a sports fan, if this doesn’t make you feel something inside, not much will. Rose has been through so much and could have walked away. Multiple times. But he never did, and for that, the basketball world thanks him.