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Published on November 4th, 2018 | by Landon Buford


Dennis Smith Jr. Praises Derrick Rose For Being Resilient & Ignoring The Critics



Former MVP Derrick has had a tough few years dating back to Game 1 of the first round of the 2012 playoffs. The Chicago Bulls were facing the Philadelphia 76ers, and with 1:22 left, Rose would injure his left knee while trying to jump. He had to be immediately carried off the court, and it was revealed later on that he suffered an ACL injury. That would sideline him for the rest of the playoff the 2012 playoffs.  It would also cause Rose to miss the whole 2012-2013 season. Despite Rose not making an appearance any of their games, the Chicago Bulls would advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals but fell to the Miami Heat.

October 5, 2013, D Rose made his long-awaited return in a pre-season game against the Indiana Pacers. Rose would collect 13 points in 20 minutes after a slow start in the first quarter.  October 16, 2013, Rose made his regular season return against the Detroit Pistons and dropped 22 points. After the “I think I’m way more explosive now. Like getting to the rim. I think I can take contact a little bit better. And as far as jumping-wise, I think I can jump even higher. They tested my vertical — I increased it by 5 inches”, Rose said after the win. Reported by ESPN.

About a month later Rose would suffer another right knee injury during a game against Portland Trail Blazers. The following day it would be determined he tore his meniscus. The next season, D Rose would make his return during the playoffs, but would suffer another injuring, The 2015–16 season would be Rose’s last season in a Bulls uniform. For the next couple seasons, Rose would bounce around the league until he found a home in Minnesota with the Timberwolves.  

This week, Rose would collect his career high in points by dropping 50 against the Utah Jazz on Halloween night.  He would also make a key block down the stretch to put an exclamation point and secure the victory.

After the game, an emotional Rose spoke with Timberwolves sideline reporter Lea B. Olsen, and before he spoke his first words, Rose had to wipe tears away with a towel. Olsen would state that it was a huge victory for the team from you and your career-high 50 points and then asked: “What does it mean to you, Derrick?”

Rose would respond: “I worked my a– off, bro,” a red-eyed Rose said, before loud cheers. “I went out and did this for the franchise, the organization, the fans… everybody. I wouldn’t be able to play the way I play.” via Eric Woodyard’s Twitter account.

Olsen would follow up by asking: “What did it feel like from beginning to end?”

“I’m doing anything just to win. I played my heart out my teammates told me before the game…. to just play my game and tonight was one hell of a night,” said Rose.

Olsen final question was: “What does it say for this team that seems unnerved when you found out that you were going to be down two starters, and you guys jump right away under your energy. What does it say about this team?

“Ah, we have a young team, and my job is to come in and be the veteran help guys out and lead by example,” said Rose

He added: “You see me talking it’s the most I’ve talked to my teammate in my whole career. So, it means a lot”

The news of Rose’s big night traveled fast and the rest of the league started to react by giving praise to the former MVP.

Dennis Smith Jr. shared his thought on Derrick Rose’s performance before the Mavericks and Knicks game last night:

“I was watching the game, and I saw the stats… I saw he had 13 in the first quarter and I’m yelling Rose is balling my boy is balling. The next time I had the opportunity look at the state line it said 27 points with seven minutes left in the third I was thinking to myself he’s back. For him to go out and have 50, you could see the emotion pouring out he has put in some much work… So many critics doubted him, but never counted himself out and stayed resilient, so you have to salute him,” Smith told me.

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