I have not seen much of Derrick‘s playing over the last couple of years, I graduated and was no longer able to stay up all night watching live NBA coverage. This, as any NBA fan knows, isn’t why I have been unable to watch DRose.
Derrick Rose is a superstar point guard often accused of bending the role. He drives and attacks the paint distinctly squirming, twisting, sliding past and taking it to the rim. Unfortunately (speaking as a Bulls fan) I think the defence has come to understand that Rose will get the three-point plays in the paint so will often stand back, outside of the poster.
But I feel his drive and determination – his aim for perfection – see him often having run the clock down to the last five or six seconds and know that ultimately he can shoulder the burden himself. He can drive the paint and take on the big guys so if the play doesn’t look right then, I don’t know – it sort of seems like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think DRose is a selfish player. I think he’s a perfectionist and perfectionists would rather be in control and put pressure on themselves to get things right. I mean if you can do it as good as he can, you can take that risk. Plus the modern day Chicago Bulls are a great defensive team, they just don’t score as highly as some in the Western Conference and Rose is the franchise player who can turn a game around.
But I think that on return from injury – after having spent two seasons watching, suited, on the bench – Rose may have had that time to reflect and watch, absorb and learn – taking a coaching-like position on every game must have imparted a great sense of strategy in place of having the ball at his palm. I really believe that the risk of taking a third possible career ending injury could push Rose to balance what he does, he already has great basketball intelligence and instinctively plays the chess-like probabilities of out-witting the defence, but this could (alongside his improved three-point game) really make him the fully formed point-guard that bosses the game from the front.