"I definitely see that I'm not getting to the rim as much," Rose
said. "If I pull one, these struggles are going to be over with. I just
need to do that soon.
"I don't know what it is. I have to look at more film and see what I'm doing wrong so I can be more aggressive."
I like the fact that Derrick isn't making any excuses. He knows something's wrong. He knows he needs to get to the rim. He wants to go look at film to figure out what it is.
What's interesting to me is his quote about the ankle:
Asked for seemingly the hundredth time if the tendon in his right
ankle that limited him to one preseason game is affecting him, Rose
"I just have to pull the game together," Rose said. "That's it."
He said just yesterday that he was feeling about 90% healthy in regards to the leg. I've noticed he seems to be driving in a straight line more times than not now. He's not getting the change of direction or creativity that we've seen in the past.
That's a classic sign of someone who's feeling a bit tentative about their ankle either mentally or physically. Hopefully, Rose gets past this soon.
I've always been cautiously optimistic about Rose. I've never put out the "this guy's a superstar" vibe, but I don't like watching the pendulum swing too far against him. We know he can play much better than this, so there's no reason to panic. He may not become a superstar, but he's still going to be a very good player.