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Durant says Derrick Rose looks good, defends Rose’s decision

Sep 26, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

Kevin Durant has Derrick Rose’s back.

The two worked out together this summer — when Durant wasn’t playing in pro-ams or going to football games — and speaking with Comcast Sports Net Chicago Tuesday Durant gave a glowing report on how Rose is doing.

Then Durant said the reason Rose looks so good is he took a whole year off to get right.

“He’s been looking great. It was really good for him that he took the whole year off. A lot of people criticized him for it and really were upset about him not playing, but it was the best thing for him. I can tell because he looks better.”

Rose sat out all of last season following a knee injury in the playoffs the year before. This was the league MVP and the guy who made the Bulls offense go and they were just not the same threat without him. Because Rose would never close the door to returning (even during the playoffs) it became a public relations mess that hurt Rose’s image in Chicago. But in the end fans will get over it — he chose not to risk his health and career to entertain fans, that’s his right, contract or not.

Five games into this season Bulls fans will be back on board because they realize they are contenders.

Durant realizes how good they can be.

“I love Coach (Tom Thibodeau) and what he brings to the table. Their defense is one of the best I’ve ever seen, so that gets them by. But I think they need the extra push from the offense, and that’s what D-Rose brings to the table. He’s so explosive, so great. He’s such a great person all around, and I really enjoy watching him play. He’s one of the few players I would go pay to see play. He’s going to make them even better this year.”

  1. tampajoey - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    I guess Derrick Rose just doesn’t care that everyone thinks he’s a pussy now.

    • hurricanegrabowski - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Speak for yourself. “Everyone” doesn’t think that because most people are capable of thinking with their brains.

    • ranfan12 - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Why should he? People are going to hop right back on his nuts when he’s throwing down dunks and hitting game winners again, so I don’t want to hear any of that lol

    • stayhigh_247 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      so I suppose he should of listened to dumbasses like you, so you would respect him more. dude, you have issues that cant be fixed on a sports blog.

  2. rickyspanish - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Durant seems to have a lot to say all of the sudden, I liked him when he was quite and humble.

  3. money2long - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    derrick rose has kobe-like DNA.

    the mentality to think he’s the best.
    the drive to work.
    supreme talent
    you’ll never see him quit on a game, always tries to find a way to pull out a win
    passion for the game
    only cares about winning
    he loves to stick the dagger in your heart

    watch out guys..

  4. onlyavoice - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Rose Will Sit When Rondos Knee Hurts.
    Let’s Not Forget His Bad Back Either.
    Let’s Also Not Forget That Derrick, Through His Brother, Said The Team Wasn’t Good Enough For Him To Play Last Season, They Are No Better.
    Rose In A Slasher & No Good Off The Ball, Expect Rose To Be Very Average At Best This Season, Along With The Bulls.
    Should Have Kept Nate, Kirk Is Always Injured Also.
    As For Durant, His Playoff Run Ended Last Because He Looked Like Melo, Shoot, Shoot & Shoot & Wonder Why His Teammates Stood Around. Not Impressed With Him At All.

    • stayhigh_247 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      and im not impressed with you at all either.

  5. gmsingh - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    What is about Chicago sports where all the good players are lightning rods for controversy?

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