Derrick Rose ready to prove doubters wrong
After undergoing severe scrutiny for failing to help his depleted Bulls in last season’s playoffs, Derrick Rose has no regrets about sitting out. If anything, he is proud of the way his team performed without him. And now, he is ready to return the favor.
“I'm just trying to fit in with them, do my job, where my job is to come in and run the game and get them open shots and play aggressive," Rose said. "So I think if the guys on the team know that and me knowing that, too, I think it's going to be a smooth year and a smooth process."
Rose has been working out three times a day in Los Angeles, trying to put the basketball memory back into his muscles. And with opening day just over 30 days away, Rose is as confident as ever. If there is one thing that his injury has taught him, it was on how to be mentally strong. That’s why Rose believes that you’ll see a different Derrick Rose than you’ve ever seen before. Because it was through his injury that Rose grew in physical and mental endurance.
"My confidence grew as a player and you'll see that when I play."
If Rose can return to his MVP self, the Bulls will be right up there with the Heat and Pacers as Eastern Conference champs. If not, it'll be another early exit for the baby Bulls.