It has taken Derrick Rose more than a year to recover from the physical effects of a torn ACL in his knee, but his mentality appears to be in midseason form.
When asked by CNN’s Pedro Pinto in an interview who the best player in the NBA is right now, the former MVP did not hesitate with his answer.
“Derrick Rose,” the 24-year-old said confidently.
via Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com
I dont know, are you humble or cocky D rose? he's obviously not lacking confidence here.. He's not even the best PG in the NBA let alone the best player.. I dont dislike him but he rubs me the wrong way.. the way he chose to not play in the last years playoffs, he really has to have a great season this year to redeem himself. Hope he stays healthy though
And cp3 the best point guard? Negative...
Drose gave cp3 hell everytime they played.
They've faced each other like 4 times in the past 4 seasons, and Rose had one good game. They generally struggle against each other.
They've played each other 5 times and Rose is 5-0, with Rose outplaying Paul significantly the last two times.
The last game they played, Rose beat Paul like he stole something.
He's not being cocky or arrogant etc., I think he just believes in himself and has that sort of confidence. At least I hope that's why. I think he did the right thing sitting out as well, I don't want him hurting his entire career possibly just to play in the playoffs when he's not ready.
He is probably still the best PG. He's not the best player. I'm not sure where this cockiness comes from a player who quit on his team. He should have been playing in the playoffs. Do you think Kobe or Lebron would have sat?
Ok first don't +1 one yourself. It just looks bad
Calling this cocky? Seriously what is he supposed to say. When he is on the court he is damn near always the best player on the court.
Finally you are saying he quit on his team? Hell no he didnt. He was rehabbing and practicing so he can come back and help his team in the future. How many players have had their careers derailed by knee injuries? Let's see in recent memory Gilbert Arenas, Jermaine Oneal, Elton Brand, T mac, Greg Oden, Livingston the list goes on. Yes some of these guys were just unlucky but you have to take care of your knees man. That is exactly what Rose did and you might not agree with it but I assure you his choice was the right one.
He's the best point guard but not the best player. He doesn't have an impact on his team like Kevin Durant or LBJ do.
Of course he's going to say he's the best player. That's the mindset he has to have especially if he wants to return to his MVP form. We all know he isn't the best player because I'm sure most of us would take Lebron and Durant over him. Let's see how he comes back before we make an argument about best pg.
Tony Parker and Cp3 over him
Just because most people think that LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the two best players in the world, it doesn't me that Derrick Rose has to think the same way. The best comparison I can use is what my coaches have told me in cross country and track. When you go into a race and you already have it in your head that you're racing for 2nd place, you have no chance of winning.
I would expect most athletes in all sports to feel the same way if they are near the top of the sport. Sports are much more mental than most people realize.
You guys are all Drunk. How many MVPs did Tony Parker & Chris Paul have at his age? Oh.... Right, how many do they have now...? Oh.... Yeah. The bulls won 60 games with this guy, people must've forgotten how good he is.
He rubs you the wrong way???? You know the kind of explosion that guy has? I don't blame him for not coming back on that knee last year. That's such a serious injury and if he didnt think he was ready, why would he come back??
Neg a way. D Rose will be a top 5 player this year.
He really shouldn't have been MVP though. He's a top player when he's on his game (top 10) but it was again media bias in him winning the MVP that year. Sorry "/
d rose will probably get another mvp to before its all said and done. cp3 chokes in the playoffs every year.
MVP isn't necessarily given to the best player. The criteria is different.
It's nice to see his mental state appears to be in a good place, but he's miles behind Lebron and I'm a huge Rose fan.
Why is everyone saying "what else is he supposed to say?" He can say freaking plenty of things: he can say you can't single out one player, he can say LeBron James (the truth).
I think it is kind of the norm to not say your own name when asked who the best player is, that's just tooting your own horn. I'm fine with him saying Chicago is the best team - that's a nice thing to say because it's good for the team's morale, but saying you're the best player in the league, after missing an entire season - that's just arrogant.
this is why d rose had to have someone take the SAT for him. Moron.
I love it. He is showing confidence in his ability. No offense to Lebron, but Lebron answers questions like that, there is an aura of smug cockiness when he answers. Derrick looked like a guy who has been out for a year and is itching to get back on the court, and feels he can still be the best.
If I was Derrick Rose I would say the same thing, I would also ask them who was the youngest player to ever win MVP
He isn't the best player in the league its easily bron (coming from a kobe fan) but he is the best PG..this dude won MVP for crying out loud no other PG in the league will do that he eats cp3, rondo, tp, every time and of course he's gonna say he's the best player in the league that kinda confidence is needed..he woulda got way more heat if he woulda said anything else
Im not suprised he thinks that, he should. But to be honest, I'm suprised he said it publicly, doesnt seem like something he would do. But no problem with his attitude and confidence, its just more drive.
Many of you are saying he is the best PG because he won an mvp? Are you guys kidding me, he didnt even deserve that mvp (Lebron James deserved it). He only got it because everyone was mad at lebron at the time. So the voters decided to give the award to the "best player" in the "best team". But actually they just gave it to the best offensive team in an deffensively oriented team. So no in my opinion he clearly isnt the best PG let alone the best player in the league. Top 3 PG, Top 10 player at best . Let the negs rain.
Lebron didn't deserve a MVP in his first season for the Heat, Rose deserved it, Wade/Bosh were still at top form. Rose & the Bulls had the best record in the NBA and Rose didn't have near the talent the Heat had.
I don't have a problem with Derrick Rose saying he thinks he's the best in the NBA. That's his opinion.
My question is, does he really believe that or is he just saying that because that's what he's *supposed* to say?
The media and sports analyst crew always make a big deal about things like this. Truth is, they don't understand sports. If you're an athlete, you must be confident. It may sound like a cliche, yet this same discussion gets brought up every year. Derrick Rose is the leader and best player on the Bulls- he NEEDS to think of himself as the best or else his play will suffer. Sports is not like any other job. Any self-doubt will manifest itself in you when your on a field, court etc.
Now, I'll admit it's a little weird for him to talk a big game when he refused to play last season. But again, his confidence is what will win the Bulls games.
derrick rose only got the mvp because of Lebron doing the decision. Lebron's popularity shot way down after that and it did affect his chances of mvp. Take lebron away from the heat in 2011 and they win 47-53 games with a healthy wade and bosh. Take rose away from the bulls and they're still a da*n good team that can make it out of the first round.
derrick rose has every right to think he's the best player, ok.
Derrick Rose being the actual best player? Not even close and that's a fact. He does not alter the game the way lebron, durant, duncan, and parker do.
I don't think "The Decision" was the only reason Derrick Rose won MVP. He was deserving and earned it.
He put up 25, 4 and 8 on a team that went 62-20, which was the best in the NBA. Noah only played 48 games and Boozer only played 59 that season.
I would say there were three players that year that had a chance for that MVP in Lebron James, Rose, and Dwight Howard. Of those three though I'd put Rose third though that isn't a huge knock on him. I ultimately would've voted for Dwight with Lebron second; both just affected the game on both ends of the floor which I think should be considered.
I understand the thinking behind Rose winning MVP, but I disagree with it to a pretty good extent.
2011 bulls roster was more complete and not just one-year of chemistry together. Clearly it shows that the bulls can still compete without rose.
Take lebron away from the heat in 2011? The heat probably get bounced in the second round.
I respectfully disagree with you about rose earning it over lebron.
You say the Heat would've gotten bounced out of the second round without LeBron James. Well, what do you think has happened to the Bulls the last two seasons without Derrick Rose? They couldn't even get out of the first round in 2011-2012 with the same roster and they were bounced in the second round in 2012-2013.
I remember a thread like this a few years ago when everyone was doubting and calling him cocky after his offseason statement about he should win the MVP the upcoming year. The Bulls were coming off 2 straight years for .500 and only added Boozer. But what did he do? Got a 3 point shot, learned how to get to the line and took a team with health issues to the best record in the NBA. And won the MVP.
There's a lot of guys who talk the talk, but D.Rose is one of the very few guys who has backed it up. If he says he's the best player in the league, you've got to at least consider it.
I hate it when people ask athlete this kind of question. What is he supposed to say? If he says "Derrick Rose" he's too cocky and out of touch. If he says "LeBron James" he is mentally weak and doesn't believe in himself. This kind of stuff isn't news worthy.
Not surprised at all & this is why I love Derrick. He truly believes that and has supreme confidence in himself...but he backs it up. If you remember before the 10-11 season he made a similar brash statement with the "why cant I be MVP" and everyone said he was out of his mind...what'd he do? Just come out and win MVP. Doubt him if you want to, but he's coming for heads this year.
i don't have a problem with Rose saying he is the best in the league even when Pedro Pinto laughed he was dead serious, what is the problem if he wants to say it and think that way he is just showing he is dead serious this year, but everyone forgot about the other question Pinto asked who is the most difficult player to guard he said Lebron i think he said it all he is confident on his game and still recognizes Lebron, another thing i remember someone saying in 2010-2011 why can't i be MVP, he proved the media, fans and everyone wrong creating such a fuss because of a man that is confident on himself let me laugh, about Rose winning the MVP, i can recognize The Decision was one of the factors for him to win but what about the rest???... okay let me start
Bulls 62-20, Heat 58-24, Boozer played 59 games and Noah 48 games, they had in fact a great bench not scoring power comparing to the heat, yes Rose did have Deng yes but how many players the bulls had that could create his own Shot oh yeah Rose nothing more, Wade 25.5 ppg, Bosh 18.7 and Lebron 26.7 they best year together as a team and big three, Boozer 17.5 ppg, Noah 11.7 ppg, Deng 17.4 ppg and Rose 25.0 ppg... Deng and Rose played together 34 games without Noah and 23 without Boozer and still they manage to have the best Record with Rose leading the team having the best year in his carreer stat wise, and even with the offenssive problems the bulls had that was one of the main reasons the Bulls lost to the Heat right? if you can shut the best player and you don't have another great contributor how can you win? oh and don't tell me crap like if Lebron wasn't there they would not pass the 2nd round maybe this year i can guarantee you they wouldn't but in 2010-2011 i doubt it, i still remember last year when Rose tore his ACL they lost in the 1st round they wheren't the same team when he was down and this year it was the 2nd round without Rose, and still blaming him lol hey he gave up he is not a man lol, i saw guys like Arenas and Baron Davis not recovering well and coming to soon that end well for them right? LOL
call me whatever you want to call me but i'm not a bulls fan or a derrick rose bandwagon i'm just a basketball fanatic that's all xD
Seriously people gotta quit with this "he gave up on his team" bull s***(no pun intended). Anyone who has ever had a serious knee injury knows that being cleared doesn't necessarily mean you are ready to come back. You can't come back until you're mentally ready. A player with athleticism like D Rose would not have been NEARLY the same player if he had came back for the playoffs. He would have been tentative and probably would've hurt the team more than helped them. Plus I know people who have been cleared by doctors from injuries like this and re-injured it shortly after returning. Also, people hating on him for saying he's the best player in the NBA clearly don't understand the mindset you need to have as a star player. It's not cockiness, it's confidence.
He did win an MVP award in his last healthy season. I have no problem with this kind of confidence, especially coming off such an injury.
He, like Durant, was seen as a humble kid that was just happy to have progressed this much. But both of them are tired of not being #1, it's going to be a fun season.
I will give you all some examples
Andrew Toney- four great seasons beginning in 1981-82, Toney averaged 18.6 points and shot an impressive 51 percent from the field, in the 1984-85 season, he began experiencing pain in his feet and started missing games. The Sixers’ medical team could find nothing wrong and an ugly scene ensued. The team, in essence, said Toney could play. He said he couldn’t, a public battle began between owner Harold Katz and Toney, Katz even had Toney tested for drugs. Toney complied – and he was clean.
Toney’s health became a subject of heated debate in Philadelphia and much of it was negative toward Toney, It wasn’t until November of the following season that doctors finally discovered tiny stress fractures in each of Toney’s feet. So those who had criticized Toney as a malingerer were made to look like the fools they had proven to be
Grant Hill- After having ankle surgery in 2000, Hill signed a $93 million contract with Orlando, even though he had not yet fully recovered. As in the case with Rose and Toney, Hill was cleared by doctors to play but didn’t feel right, the rest is medical history. Hill had surgery four more times – including one that led to a dangerous staph infection – and was never again the same player
but the better one is Michael Jordan, he broke his foot in the 1985-1986 season, even when they say he would comeback in weeks they where always delaying and finding new stuff until they found it was broken, when the time came the Bulls' team physician at the time, James Hefferon, cleared Jordan to play but he said two other doctors who examined Jordan at the behest of the team advised the player take it more conservatively, the team supported MJ like they are supporting Rose now but still MJ was stubborn enough and told he was ready and fine to play he could practice he felt great he fought against the owner, GM and Doctors when he was advised to play next year because he was going to be healthy, it was that year that MJ scored 63 points and average in 3 playoffs games 43.7 ppg, so 3 examples, if a player doesn't feel well why should force him to play if he needs time even when he was cleared to play but wants to wait this season i don't see nothing wrong with that........ enjoy