Derrick Rose Responds to Charles Barkley Saying His NBA Career Is Over - Buxrs.com
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Derrick Rose Responds to Charles Barkley Saying His NBA Career Is Over! Inside The NBA | Charles Barkley Says 'ITS OVER' for Derrick Rose!
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Derrick Rose knows there are plenty of critics of his game out there.
After suffering a few major injuries over the course of his pro career, many believe the former Most Valuable Player can no longer play at a high level. And he’s fine with that.
“You can have your perspective on it as far as I’m a bum, I can’t play, I can’t shoot, this and that,” Rose said. “Alright, cool. I have no hard feelings with that. I’m cool with that. That’s how you feel, that’s how you feel. But at the same time, I don’t need your (expletive) validation. I know who I am, I know what type of player I am.”
The 29-year-old point guard averaged 18 points a game last season with the Knicks, but he never seemed to fit with New York, nor did he with Cleveland this season prior to being traded to Utah, where he was quickly released. Rose doesn’t feel like he was given the opportunity to show what he can really do in New York or Cleveland.
“I got (the burst). The last two places I’ve been in, they didn’t need my services,” Rose said. “That’s the way I look at it. I was doing what I was supposed to do. They didn’t need me, so I’m here. I was able to play, they just didn’t play me the minutes.”
Rose said he’s not trying to “step on nobody’s toes” or “take someone’s spot” in Minnesota, but he does sound confident that he’ll get minutes. He said Tom Thibodeau, the Wolves’ coach and president of basketball operations, wouldn’t have brought Rose here if he wasn’t going to play him. Rose didn’t play Thursday against Boston, but Thibodeau hinted that was more so because Rose hadn’t yet practiced with the team.
Rose joked that Thibodeau made him run “50 plays” in practice Saturday, so it sounds like a good bet he’ll be in the rotation Sunday against Golden State.
“If I get the rhythm, who knows how good I could be?” Rose said.
Everyone is about to find that out. Jamal Crawford thinks Rose has “a lot” left in the tank.
“It’s funny when I hear people write people off based off numbers or based off situations,” Crawford said. “Last year, playing for the Knicks, he had a great year. … Adding a player like that, I think, can help.”
Rose said he’s at his best when he’s most comfortable, and he has plenty of familiarity within Thibodeau’s system. Maybe that’s a recipe for success for the Wolves’ new floor general.
Thibodeau said Rose still “has the potential to be very good,” pointing to Rose’s relative youth as a reason for optimism.
“Like all stories, there’s a beginning, a middle and an end,” Thibodeau said. “And he’s young, so I don’t think it’s a finished story.”
Maybe it’s just getting started.
“I’m here to win,” Rose said. “And hopefully y’all see that.”
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