Derrick Rose is certainly confident

While the off-season is full of fluff pieces, every player is in the best shape of their life, has thrown up a million shots this summer, and has his team primed for significant improvement, it feels good to read a few about Derrick Rose.

Derrick, whom hedged his bets towards the end of last season, sounds confident in all his interviews. It's been so long since we've seen him play that it's easy to forget what a bad ass he is when healthy. It can be easy to forget that the Bulls are one of the elite teams in the NBA when this season kicks off.

From yahoo sports:

Asked if he has any doubts he'll regain his MVP form, Rose said, ''No.''

''I put so much into my craft,'' he said. ''I'm working hard. I think I'm one of the hardest workers in the NBA, if not the hardest worker. I think you should see it in my game when I step on the court.''

From Slam:

“Right now I’m in training, and I’m getting a lot stronger. I gained 10 pounds of muscle. I don’t know how that’s going to carry over to how I play on the court, but I know it’s going to be very weird. I’m shooting a lot of shots right now, working with Rob, just putting memory back in my leg.”

“I think I’m a lot quicker, a lot more explosive, and I think I’m gonna go this year without that many nagging injuries, just trying to prevent it by stretching and doing all the things I have to do to take care of my body. When you first come in the League and you’re talented and you’re athletic, you don’t care about stretching or anything. You just kind of go out there and overlook that stuff. But now it’s my sixth year, so you really have to look at that and take that more seriously so I can prevent all of the little injuries.”

“I’ve been shooting a lot. A lot. Especially during the ['12-13] season, I’d go out there before games and shoot up a lot of shots. Now you add lifting weights and you’re shooting almost every day, your shot becomes easier, and your confidence grows, and with shooting, there’s nothing like confidence. So I think I’m gonna be a great shooter next year.”

Derrick needs to deliver on those words. Fluff pieces mean little, it's what happens on the court that means the most, but Rose is more than capable of delivering, as is this Bulls team overall. While last season ended with an exciting first round upset, playing a whole year without Rose left us forgetting what he can do.

While I wasn't a huge fan of the new Derrick Rose ad, I will admit, he looked like he gained 10 lbs of muscle in the ad. Maybe we'll see a Derrick Rose more prepared to drive through people instead of making acrobatic moves to get around people. Maybe that Derrick Rose will average more trips to the free throw line and take less awkward falls by controlling the contact.

The real question will be whether he has his quickness and change of direction, those are the abilities that separated him from the other players in the league, and adding 10lbs to his frame might make that tougher. The good news is Derrick is back, Derrick is confident, and the Bulls fans have a reason to go all in this year.

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  • I am excited. A stronger Rose and if he has a deadly J he would be impossible to stop one on one. He wasn't the youngest MVP for nothing he is one of the best athletes in the sport and he is going to be highly motivated by all the haters to put on a show this season. I am expecting nothing less than MVP numbers from number 1 this season.

  • Wow. Derrick delivers on his preseason words.
    1. He said he'd be MVP and he did
    2. He said that he added a 3 pt shot, I think before his MVP season. He did.

    Now, he says that he has worked even harder on his shooting. And his body. Look out.

    In fairness, he was rehabbing from May of 2012 through late 2012. However, around late 2012 he started cutting and jumping. About that time, he could work on his shot and lift weights in full.

    So, the way I look at it, he's been enhancing his game for the last 9 months when many players only have 2-3 months to do so.

    Now, who knows about these random injuries. Some are a fluke and cannot be prevented. But, I would not bet against Rose shooting 35% from 3 this season - and he may do a bit better than that. He's made improvements each year. Obviously, he is not a natural shooter, and at some point he cannot get any better. But after the time he has put into shooting, I'd be stunned if there was not a noticeable improvement from deep and even mid-range.

  • sounds good that DRose is amped up and ready to roll but I like him to be more of a floor general and jumpshooter during the regular season. It's about time that the wings score more......Deng, Dunleavy, Butler and I like to see Snell in there. Chicago will get nowhere if we have mediocre wing scoring. 3point production from the wings has to be better this year instead of the meager 5 per game last season. DRose should save the flash and attacking style for the playoffs.

    Look what Miami did, they had a big hole at center but they kept spending their money on 3pt shooting wings to space the floor for wade and lebron. The Bulls have to do the same for derrick.

  • the comment that I found most interesting is that Rose said that he thinks he is quicker and more expolosive than he was before the injury.

    Isn't that the part of his game that we are all the most worried about. Maybe even Rose himself can't tell for sure before he plays in real games, but as long as he really feels that way and isn't saying so just to make up for all the grief that he took for not coming back last season, I am kind of stoked that he feels that way.

    That to me is far more significant than anything that he has said for the past 18 months. He does look noticeable stronger in the upper body, which is somewhat a natural progression as he is turning 25 and entering his physical prime as man. If he doesn't come back as a much better shooter, especially from 3, I will find that most disappointing.

    Like everybody else, I am keeping my fingers crossed that he made the right choice by not coming back so that he can return to his MVP level of play and that he doesn't re-injure himself or even return to his pattern of the the lockout season, where he started suffering from a series of nagging minor injuries.

  • Rose is a good combo-guard..,runs offense like a PG..,and a big scorer like a shooting-guard.

    He can improve, I think, quite a bit.

    Don't get me wrong ,I love Rose. Here's my list of how he can improve.

    1--Recognize and then get certain players goin, especially from the start of shifts. (Boozer and Noah come to mind)

    2---Score when the drought hits...,and the Bulls have droughts.

    3---Save yourself when scoring is NOT Needed.

    4----Make Teague your little brother. Teach him, encourage him,
    guide him thru the Rough Patches.

    5----Stop talking about not helping to recruit. I respect your decision(dont agree, don't understand it), just keep THAT view to yourself.

    6-----Be the steady, consistent, ,most feared last-2-minutes guy in the league. Improve your shooting %'s here. Best in the league in judgment in these last 2 minutes. Pass off or force the shot. Judgment

    7-----Maintain your health.

    You are Very good at these.., now Be The BEST!!!!!

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  • What I like about the recent comments from Rose is he seems to have become wiser, and quickly. He discusses improved diet, stretching and taking care of his body, the nagging injuries and hoping to prevent them, and acknowledges that as a kid he didn't consider these things.

    I'm sure Rose and his Camp have no more illusions about the Bulls medical staff and will be in full-charge of Derrick's health from now on. IMO, it was a season full of numerous nagging and escalating injuries, and returning from them too soon, that led to Rose's ACL.

    Bulls grossly mismanaged all those injuries to their franchise player, and overall seem to have a take two aspirin and ice it mentality to injuries. That's my opinion.

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