In the article you knew was coming, the Derrick Rose public relations team has leaked to K.C. Johnson what a bad ass Derrick Rose is now that the season's over.
Read all the warm fuzzy feelings here.
For weeks now, Rose has been playing five-on-five, taking full contact on his surgically-repaired knees and preparing to attend USA Basketball's late-July minicamp in Las Vegas in the hopes of making the World Cup team that will compete in Spain in late August through early September.
Rose typically opts for drill and intense conditioning work near his offseason home of Santa Monica, Calif., working alongside other high-profile players such as Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love. The change in strategy has been seamless.
It has allowed Rose to gain confidence and conditioning playing full court against teammates and various Chicago-area types with NBA ties in the suburban practice facility that soon will cede to the Bulls' new building across the street from the United Center.
Rose began taking full contact in the form of one-on-one or two-on-two or three-on-three offday sessions late in the first-round playoff series against the Wizards. With no setbacks, Rose continued increasing the intensity of his workouts and began full court scrimmaging last month, sources said.
According to three people who either have played against Rose or witnessed his workouts, who requested anonymity, the 2011 NBA most valuable player is displaying both explosion and speed in games.
So depending on your level of antagonism towards Rose, you can feel all sorts of ugly about this.
He started doing full contact during the Wizards series? Just in time to be ready to play literally a week or two after the season ended. Nothing suspect about that. He looks ultra explosive now that it doesn't count? Surprise! surprise!
He actually stopped working out with Kevin Love now? Wouldn't want to accidentally recruit him.
Okay, sarcasm and negativity aside, let's be real for a moment. We NEED Rose to look good. It's hard to read much into these stories given the timing, but we'd sure as hell better hope it's true.
Beyond that, we'd better hope Carmelo and Love believe it's true.
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