Introducing the New Derrick Rose

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Chicago Bulls Basketball- It’s been three years since the last time Chicago saw Derrick Rose play a full season. At that time, Rose was one of the best players in the league. Having just become the youngest MVP in NBA history the only thing that could have made Derrick even more beloved by the city would have been winning a championship. Then, Rose tore his ACL in the playoffs the following year after having been nagged by injuries during the regular season. He then sat out all of the 2012-13 season and would miss all but 10 games of the 2013-14 season after tearing his MCL. In that three-year time span, it seems Derrick has gone from one of the most beloved figures in Chicago to one of the most criticized.

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What Changed?

Derrick Rose has never been one to have a big time personality. He’s not a LeBron James or Kobe Bryant who are commanding personalities. He’s not a charismatic figure like Kevin Durant or Blake Griffin either. Instead, Rose is a guy who likes to keep to himself and his inner circle. This has been evident and well documented from the moment the Bulls drafted him with the No.1 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. No one really seemed to care how reserved Rose was until he was no longer playing. Once this happened though, Derrick’s image changed forever.

The combination of his lack of public speaking skills along with the constant reports that his brother, Reggie, was feeding the media about Derrick not being happy with Bulls management made for a complete 180 in his public perception. Rose also decided to keep the city of Chicago on the edge of their seats during the season following his torn ACL.

“Will he return?” “When will he return?” “How good will he be when he returns?”

These were all the types of questions being asked on local radio airwaves. In the end, the city of Chicago got hyped up for a return that never came. People blamed Rose’s inner circle for their lack of communication, but in the end everything fell back on Derrick.

The same situation happened this year with Derrick and his PR team after he tore his MCL. It was unclear whether or not he would return during the season, but Rose came under heavy fire after the Bulls were already knocked out of the playoffs thanks to a guy by the name of Carmelo Anthony. When the Bulls were recruiting Anthony in early July, Rose was nowhere to be seen. This whole situation can be traced back to the summer of 2010 when the Bulls were pursuing LeBron James and Derrick publicly stated he would never recruit.

The perception of Rose only got worse when he continued that stance this summer with Anthony. Although Rose ended up meeting with Melo when he was in Chicago, the Bulls denied any cooperation from Rose in the process. To make matters worse for Rose and his camp, Derrick told reporters that he was unsure of whether he would be participating in the USA Basketball Camp later in the month. This statement came after both Rose and the Bulls said he would be in attendance.

Rock Bottom

The downfall of Derrick Rose has truly been a remarkable one, mostly due to the fact that he refuses to speak to the media. Because of his lack of openness with his fans and the city of Chicago, people are left to make their own assumptions about Rose, which turns into a snowball effect of bad publicity. Between his brother Reggie and agent B.J. Armstrong, Rose’s image hit rock bottom during the Carmelo Anthony situation, which is where it sits now.

The New D Rose

After much speculation, Derrick Rose has wound up participating in the USA Basketball Camp as the team prepares for the World Cup in September. In his first game (scrimmage) back, Rose looked like his old self, if not better. He still had the same quickness as the guy who won the MVP trophy in 2010, but looked more poised and mature on the court. In an interview Rose recently did with NBA TV, it is obvious there is something different about the now 25-year-old point guard.

“I’m happy I didn’t personally see it. I don’t want to see that. I kind of wonder where it was coming from because it seemed like whenever I was around, everything was all right. It bothered me because when I wasn’t around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn’t all right.”

When I initially watched the video, I had it on in the background while I was doing something else. I was not expecting to hear anything special coming from Rose, especially after hearing very little from him in recent months. What ended up happening though was something completely different.

Derrick Rose NBA TV Interivew

Rather than hearing the same mumbling voice I’ve heard for the past five years, I noticed I was listening to a very calm, mature individual who seemed to have a grasp on the situation he found himself in. Although Rose did not speak about any of the events that transpired over the summer, the young man I was watching on my computer was someone completely different than I’d seen before. Not only was Rose speaking clearly, he also put together some great responses to questions asked by Grant Hill. What’s even better for Bulls fans is that he finally seemed to figure out a new style of play. Instead of going to the basket with a full head of steam and stopping on a dime (the same style of play that led to both his knee injuries), Rose said his new game will allow him to use his speed, but still be under control.

Derrick Rose on his First Few Days with Team USA

Although it was just an exhibition, Rose seemed very comfortable being back on the court with other NBA stars. He didn’t seem to be forcing the issue like he was at the beginning of last season, but rather was letting the game come to him. If his new style of play is matched by his apparent new image, Rose will be a fan favorite in Chicago again in no time.

“This is a new beginning. It really is.’’

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Quote(s): Chicago Sun-Times

Photo(s): Epoch Times; Chicago Magazine

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