Rose suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Game 1 of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Despite being medically cleared on March 8, and subsequently participating in full contact practices for almost two months, the youngest man to ever earn the MVP award never performed in 2013.
“I play the same way. The only thing that’s gonna change is my confidence level,” said Rose, 24, who is blessed with ballsy teammates like Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich and Joakim Noah. “The only thing I’ve been working on is shooting longer shots, because I think if people have to come out and stick with me a little bit further, it opens up the court.”
Although calls for Rose to resurface were entirely understandable, it’s hard to fathom the native South-Sider wouldn’t have been on the hardwood without a solid reason.
Plus, even with a blooming Rose, Miami was eventually going to burn last year’s version of the Bulls.
Ignoring cries from fans and mounting criticism from onlookers, Rose wisely waited to fully mend.
Finally ready to play normal minutes with the starting rotation this autumn, Rose apparently expanded his repertoire while recuperating.
If Rose’s perimeter game now truly demands respect, it will be virtually impossible to defend the elite guard.
With the same “confidence level,” Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls could actually torch the Heat next spring.by