Derrick Rose is creating a new six part web episode discussing his rehab called #thereturn.
Here's the teaser trailer for the new series:
Here's installment number 1.
In the video, much like in Rose's longer 18 minute interview, we hear Brian Cole saying that Rose had no base which is why he can get to 125% of where he was. Rose discusses the same thing, and we again here how he didn't do balance/flexibility training before. It's a somewhat comforting thought towards a positive outcome that there was still room to improve athletically with core strength giving Rose some headroom to get back to where he needs to.
I'll be honest, much of the emotional stuff adidas went to didn't do it for me. Sometimes I like to play a game called "If LeBron said it..." and wonder what the reaction would be. Derrick Rose describing his ACL tear, "think of your most downest day and times it by 100, and that ain't enough to describe how I felt at that time". Really? I'm not going to try and discuss how dark my life is, I've been extremely fortunate to have a pretty wonderful life thus far, but I'm fairly certain that my darkest days trump an ACL tear even without the 100 multiple factor thrown in.
Also, playing "world is against me" card? You've only got yourself, your family, your friends, and your city? That's a city more than the rest of us have when we're lucky, and plenty of people have family and friends bail on them too. I'm glad Derrick is getting all the support he needs, but I'm not sure why there's such a heavy doubter angle being played out in all these interviews. I would bet the vast majority of people who see Derrick wish him well and tell him he'll get right back where he was.
Athletes seem to typically play the "no respect" card in order to motivate themselves, but as far as I can tell, the truth is that most people are wishing him the best and taking a wait and see approach. I don't think it shocks anyone if Derrick Rose comes back and plays better basketball in the future than he ever played in the past. I also don't think it shocks anyone if this is the first step towards a shortened career.
At any rate, I'm glad Derrick is participating in creating the videos even if I'm getting all hyper-analytical because there's little else to talk about in late August. Rose is getting some good direction from Adidas overall in keeping his image out there rather than simply disappearing while recovering. I think it's especially good given that Rose hasn't been one to keep himself as the center of attention overall and could easily fade into the background otherwise.