Derrick Rose is finally back to the way he used to be
In the 2011-2012 season, Derrick Rose put together one of the most memorable MVP seasons anyone’s seen in the 21st Century. Since then, unfortunately, Rose has been plagued by major knee injuries and has been virtually unable to play the way he used to.
Last season, however, was a ray of hope, as he averaged over 16 PPG over the second half of the season, signaling that he was finally getting closer to being the player he used to be. So when he was acquired by the New York Knicks in the offseason, I was excited to see what Rose would do. Other Knicks fans, however, weren’t as optimistic as I was, still being afraid of the ever-present possibility of re-injury.
So far, that hasn’t happened. In fact, something much better has occurred. Ladies and gentlemen, Derrick Rose is BACK! The reality of this brings joy to any Knicks fan, especially when they realize that the Garden now has a renewed energy about it.
For example, the Knicks faced the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday in a back-and-forth game that featured over 20 lead changes. In a game featuring should-be All-Star Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose totally outshone him, knocking in a jumper with under a minute left that left little doubt about a Knicks victory.
Outshining fellow point guard superstars is just another sign that Rose is back to being what he once was. But he’s not just doing it with his numbers, he’s doing it with his feet.
Anyone who followed Derrick Rose before his injuries knows that it was his speed that set him apart from everyone else. What he showed in that game against the Blazers was that his game-changing speed is finally back in his legs, which makes any Knicks fan happy.