Derrick Rose said in the Indiana post game that he added five inches of vertical leap to his game.
"I think I jump higher," Rose said after scoring 13 points in 20 minutes during the Bulls' 82-76 victory against the Indiana Pacers. "I think coming into the league I was at 37 [inches vertical jump] and they tested my vertical at [a training facility], I'm probably at like a 42 [inches], so I'm jumping a little bit higher."
According to DraftExpress he only added two inches since he was tested at 40 inches at the predraft combine before his rookie season.
Is this possible? Is this realistic? Is Derrick Rose full of crap?
Yes, yes, no.
Derrick was never a weight trainer, he was never a stretcher, he was never a healthy eater, and he never had a team of professionals working on getting his explosiveness back and learning how to jump/land in a more balanced way off both legs.
No, his ACL didn't come back stronger because of the surgery, but everything he had to go through post surgery pushed his ACL to a point it wasn't prior to the surgery because Rose put in the time, effort, and changed his habits to improve himself.
While two extra inches of vertical is great for Derrick, what will be more exciting is if that improved three point shot we've heard rumors about isn't a myth. Rose looked pretty explosive in his first game back, but he didn't get much done away from the rim, and the Bulls will definitely need to hit a lot more jumpers to beat Miami in the playoffs.
Either way, whatever you felt about Rose sitting out last year, it looks like he's back and potentially better than ever which is great news for Bulls fans this year.