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Published on November 7th, 2018 | by Landon Buford


John Wall & Harrison Barnes Praise Derrick Rose For Fighting Through Adversity

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Last night Derrick Rose led all scorers by pouring in 31 points, five assists, and three rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers, and shooting 77 percent from the three-point line. Unfortunately, the Timberwolves were not able to pull out the win at the Staple Center falling 114- 110.

During the broadcast, Mark Jackson and other members of the broadcasting to Derrick Rose as a great candidate for comeback player of the year. It is not a far-fetch idea Rose already has the league talking after dropping 50 points in a three-point win against the Utah Jazz on Halloween night two weeks ago.

The former MVP has battle numerous leg injuries on the court that have sideline him over the past six seasons, and a couple of games this season. During numerous games this season, Rose has shown that he still has the athleticism and explosiveness to finish at the basket. His peers have all taken notices and have gone on the record and voice their opinions.

Before the season even started future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett stated that he would start Derrick at the point guard position. As a guest on the Scoop Radio Podcast.  “Yeah, I would”…“It’s D-Rose,” said Garnett.

“You know, you get older, but the knowledge don’t go anywhere. He’s more crafty now than ever in the pick-and-roll.  He’s able to get shots for guys and he’s able to knock shots down, so yeah, I would.”
Garnett Added:
“He’s still as fast as any guard out there. He would have some practices where he’d just dominate and get to the lane at will, hit shots, hit mid-range shots and floaters, all the reasons people love him. And he can do all those things. He would just run back so nonchalant like I could do this whenever I want. He didn’t say that, but his play was so easy for him, so I think that’s something he’s going to show more this year and people will be pleasantly surprised.”
Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. is someone that a fan of Rose’s game and shared his thoughts recently about Rose overcoming adversity.
“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 never counted himself out and stayed resilient, so you have to salute him,” Smith told me.
DSJ’s teammate Harrison Barnes also recently shared his thoughts on Rose’s hot start.
“I think everything that D Rose has battled on the court to get back healthy. To see to get back to that is just a testament to his hard work really. Just to be able to get back to looking like himself and back to the explosion. Being able to have 50 points and get a win that is huge. I think a lot of people in the world are really happy for him.,” Harrison told me.
The Washington Wizards were recently in Dallas to take on the Mavericks. After the game, I spoke with Wizards point guard John Wall about Derrick Rose:
“I’m happy for him he has overcome so much over the last couple of seasons to get himself back on the court. He is back, and you must remember he was the Youngest MVP at the time. Beating out LeBron James for the Award. The Bulls were the number one seed back in 2011, Wall told me.”

Wall added:

So, I was glad to see him drop 50 the other night. You don’t lose that competitive nature.


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