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Derrick Rose thinks Derrick Rose is the best player in the NBA

Jul 26, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

Derrick Rose AP

What do you want him to say?

You ask any elite NBA player who the best player in the Association is and they should say themselves. You don’t want them to say, “I’m pretty good but that LeBron James guy…” You don’t get to be that good without some ego and swagger.

So whether he spent last season on the shelf or not, when Derrick Rose was asked by CNN who the best player in the NBA is, you knew what the response would be. Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com summed the whole thing up well.

Thus, when the former league MVP was asked by CNN who the NBA’s best player is, it shouldn’t shock anybody that he answered, “Derrick Rose.” Any other response would have been unacceptable from a player of his ilk….

Knowing that he’s set to resume his role as the face of the franchise, shouldering the Bulls’ offensive burden and being the focus of opposing scouting reports in a season where the expectations are to contend for a title, if he wasn’t confident enough to accept that responsibility, then that would be a cause for concern. After Rose’s season-long hiatus, while he might not be fretting over how he’s perceived in the court of public opinion, he certainly realizes the increased pressure created by his extended absence and by giving himself that extra time to fully recover, he has to believe that he’s put himself in the best possible position to rejoin basketball’s elite.

Bingo. Nail on the head.

Rose’s handling of his injury return certainly gave him a PR hit in Chicago. As it should have — he had the right to wait until he was ready to come back, but his dragging out of the possibility of a return last season and working out before games tarnished his image.

The only way he fixes that is win. I figure by about Game 5 next season Chicago will have moved on and we’ll be trying to decide if the Bulls are contenders.

By the way, Game 1 for the Bulls is going to be against the Miami Heat. Welcome back to the NBA, Derrick.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 27, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Imagine the vitriolic reaction here and everywhere else in the sports universe if the ACTUAL best player in the NBA said he thought he was the best player in the NBA.

    Can Rose guard Duncan AND Parker? Can Rose guard Howard AND Kobe? Can Rose guard Durant? Can Rose be the best passer in the league? Be a great rebounder? Be an efficient and dominating scorer? And lastly, can he be “easily” shut down by LeBron James?

    Personally, I love that Rose said this. It’s something the real best player might remember come next May/June

  2. dmisic43 - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Pooh is comin ;)

  3. jenniferyaniz - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Derek Rose is so good, He stayed on the bench all of last season just to make it fair for other teams
    Derek Rose is so good, he kept rubbing his butt on the bench in hopes of spreading his skills to the rest of the team,
    Derek Rose is so good, He has only played 1/2 seasons for the past three years to keep his brand fresh
    Derek Rose is so good, Chuck Norris has him on speed dial in case of emergency; Derek has plenty of time..
    Derek Rose is so good, no camera has been able to track his dunks for a season or so
    Derek Rose is so good, his stats are immeasurable! No, Really.

  4. arrondior - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    NBA Jam doesn’t count as the NBA Derrick. Derrick is good, but he isn’t THAT good. I didn’t think he deserved the MVP to be honest.

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