Some interesting excerpts from the article though:
Rose remembers texting James, I'm just hitting you up to kill all the
rumors that I don't want to play with you. I'd like to play with you. I
just want to win.
McClanaghan lifted Rose's release point, gave him the mantra "no short
shots" and made him hoist upward of 1,000 threes a day, off dribbles and
ball screens, pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops. He hollered at Rose,
"If you want to be an All-Star, you can't miss these!" and Rose's
practice percentage ticked up, from 60 to 68 to 72.
Defenses were not going to sag off him anymore, but to take advantage of
open driving lanes he had to throw himself into big men as often as he
slithered around them. McClanaghan guarded Rose with a three-foot black
football pad, forcing him to absorb contact and appreciate the resulting
While a lot of this is straight puff piece, I found these parts about how he approached LeBron and how he approached practice training interesting.
The LeBron text is simply classic Rose. I think someday I'm going to make a parody video of people asking Derrick Questions and him responding with "I just want to win".
What do you think of Rose's attitude? I found it rather fascinating. It certainly appears now that LeBron wasn't coming here regardless of what Rose said to him, and because of that outcome, I can be happy in retrospect that we didn't kiss the man's ass.
However, if it really would have made a difference one way or the other in LeBron's decision, then I would have loved a bit stronger approach by Rose. As it stands, it feels like Rose was loyal to the guys he had and wasn't anxious to see anyone leave.
If the bulls end up beating the Heat in the playoffs and winning a title, then there could be no greater outcome. It may sound completely ridiculous, but I think I would take one title with Rose as the team's best player than three titles with LeBron as the best player and Rose as the sidekick. I'm sure I'd enjoy watching LeBron if he were here, but I could never embrace him the way I can embrace the players presently on this team.
As for the training methods, well, everyone has some training camp story about how they launch millions of shots and whatever, but we've actually seen the results of this pay off. It's funny because when Derrick made his "I put in the work, why can't I be MVP" quote, you kind of thought "whatever", but now looking back at it, he really did put in the work.
Some of the other parts of the story are spun in a positive way but kind of scare me. Rose practicing from 1 am until dawn with his buddies playing a game of cut throat where you get three dribbles and have to shoot? His buddies mad that he's not shooting 20 foot step back jumpers? Uh, yeah, there's a reason you don't take that shot in the NBA, it's because it's a god awful terrible shot. Your response to that shouldn't be "they were right", it should be "yeah, no shit I don't do that in an NBA game, because in an NBA game I get more than three dribbles and I'd be a moron to launch such a low percentage shot".
Anyway, great article overall. Rose is an awesome talent, an extremely humble star, and a great guy all around. He's one of the easiest megastars in the NBA to root for, and I'm glad he's ours.