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Could Rose’s injury help him evolve into a better jump shooter?

Aug 14, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

Derrick Rose AP

Derrick Rose is not the first great, explosive guard to have his ACL go in an ugly fashion.

Tim Hardaway — another guard with a legendary crossover that dazzled fans — missed the 1993-94 with the same injury (during the Run TMC era in Golden State). And it took a bit after his return for his game to fully return, but he had two All-Star seasons and was fourth in the MVP voting one year and sixth another after his injury.

Hardaway says this injury could end up benefiting Rose if the young guard takes advantage of the down time that extends into next season (whispers out of Chicago are saying a March return and they are trying not to rush him back).

Here is what Hardaway told the Chicago Sun-Times (via Ball Don’t Lie).

‘‘He can only do three things,’’ said former NBA point guard Tim Hardaway, who missed the 1993-94 season after suffering a similar injury. ‘‘He can dribble — not run and dribble, just dribble walking up and down the court; he can shoot a bunch of free throws; and he can shoot a bunch of set shots like he’s playing 
H-O-R-S-E every day, all day.

‘‘But that’s going to make him better. If you shoot 1,000 jump shots a day, 1,000 free throws a day, you’re going to get better. That made my shot better. It 
really made my jump shot and free-throw percentage better.’’

Rose shot just 31.2 percent from three last season, but his shooting percentage from 10 feet out to the arc dropped to 37 percent, which is not going to get it done. People will go under the pick every time until Rose can make them pay with a jumper.

Hardaway’s eFG% (which includes a boost for made threes) improved .20 points the season after his return from the injury, although it never really jumped much after that. But his game also shifted a little, he still drove but he didn’t hesitate to shoot jumpers. And his all around game matured by the time he was in Miami to something pretty impressive.

Rose could be better than Hardaway, and maybe he can come back from this injury with a more rounded game than he had before. And that will be good for the Bulls. Well, it will be good for the Bulls once they rebuild the team in 2014 anyway.

  1. chicitybulls - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Could be better than Hardaway? He already is. As much as I love Tim he never won an MVP. You sure do hate Rose dont you Kurt.

    • cantonbound13 - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Kurt is a Heat fan & LeBron worshiper. He hates all other eastern conference teams, especially the Bulls & Knicks.

      • chicitybulls - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        Indeed. And dont disagree with him too much or he’ll have your post deleted if he just doesn’t flat out ignore you.

      • thenoblefacehumper - Aug 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM

        This. I can’t tell you how many of my posts have been deleted for the reason that I disagreed with Kurt (or in many cases fact checked him) on something Knicks related. None of the posts have been profane in any way. I wonder how long this one will be up.

      • Kurt Helin - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        You are free to disagree with me as long as you are not profane. However, due to the volume of comments on this site it can take a while to get them approved.

        Trust me, I don’t care what you think of or say about me.

  2. illcomm - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Kurt. please proofread. grammer.

    • blueintown - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      Grammar? #allkindsofironic

      • saint1997 - Aug 15, 2012 at 1:07 AM


      • blueintown - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:17 AM


  3. gaykegayden - Aug 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Gayke Gayden sez: Yes.

  4. crnvic847 - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Illcom. Please. Spelling.

  5. alildusty - Aug 14, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Do they pay you enough to spell check, Kurt?

    Rose will need to adjust his game to make it a long career. really hope he doesn’t end up like grant hill or mcgrady.

  6. haterhurter937 - Aug 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    who cares????

    • money2long - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      rose is one of the premiere players in the entire nba. rose is getting acclaim off the court. guys who don’t even watch basketball know about his adidas commercials and being an mvp at such an early age solidifies his relevance, opposite of your “who cares” position. easy to hate the man when he only played a handful of games last season. but how easily some forget. remember this statement when he is at full strength busting 3s on your favorite team.

  7. proballerslounge - Aug 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM

  8. itsthemelman82 - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    He’s improved his jumper since he’s been in the league anyway. Also with his style of play you rarely see Derrick shooting a set shot but, I guess still doesn’t hurt, especially w/ free throws.

  9. isd87 - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    I don’t know about all this Hardaway stuff, I think Rose is already better, but if he were able to shoot from mid-range like he did his first 2 years in the league he would be the best guard in the league, not point guard, guard period.

  10. chicagosworth - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Wow!!! Kurt you might as well not even write about the Bulls anymore, apparently we will never be good enough for you in Chicago. I was a huge Hardaway fan growing up,but Rose is already a better baller.

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