In the beginning of 2012, I was a freshman in high school, playing on the freshman basketball team. I could oftentimes be found in my driveway shooting around, either alone or with friends. If I were alone I would always be imitating my favorite pros. My favorite move to try to forge was an up and under where I would take off from left side of the basket, leap towards the rim, fake a layup, hang in the air long enough to get to the right side of the basket, and flip up a reverse layup. This was a tribute to the young, mesmerizing Chicago Bulls superstar, Derrick Rose.
In the 2010-2011 NBA season, Rose averaged 25 points and nearly 8 assists, while leading the Bulls to the 1-seed in the Eastern Conference. Oh yeah, and he was only 22 years old. He won Most Valuable Player in the NBA and was the youngest to do so. Derrick Rose was an all-timer in the making, just 3 years into his NBA career.
We all know how this story goes. In his fourth year, Rose was dominant again, but in the first round against the Sixers, he tore his ACL. He sat out the entire next year, before returning again in 2013-2014 season, though he only played 10 games.
The rest of his career has been a constant battle to get back to where he once was: MVP level. Rose has suffered two meniscus tears in the knee opposite of his torn ACL, but that was all before he was traded to the New York Knicks. While wrapping up his first season in New York, which showed signs of a still-competent NBA point guard, Rose tore his left meniscus, which is the knee that suffered the torn ACL.
Now 4 knee surgeries in since roughly April of 2012, we are almost certain that we will never see Derrick Rose play at even an all-star level again. However, this is all about appreciating Derrick Rose, even with his short prime, not talking about the bad times. He was Russell Westbrook before Russell Westbrook. He was the gravity defying guard that played the finesse game of a true point guard, but could climb the ladder and absolutely destroy a big with a monster jam.
Rose’s top ten plays are absolutely disgusting. He showed the ability to stop on a dime and make a defender fall or hit his head to the rim when throwing down a dunk. Rose played with reckless abandon.
So, as I sit in class, watching Derrick Rose video after Derrick Rose video, I urge you all to not only watch some of the insanity that was Derrick Rose’s game, but also appreciate the brief time we had with such a unique star. R.I.P. Derrick Rose’s knees. It was a pleasure watching what you could do.
Derrick Rose’s Absurd Top 10:
Compilation of Acrobatic Derrick Rose Layups