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Derrick Rose: I’m the best player in the NBA (Video)

Derrick Rose may have lost a season of his NBA career to a knee injury, but he has not lost his confidence.

Derrick RoseThe Chicago Bulls point guard sat down with CNN’s Pedro Pinto for a round of rapid-fire questions. During the interview, Rose, who is from Chicago, called Michael Jordan his basketball idol and Chicago the greatest city in the world. He said getting drafted was his career highlight and injuring his knee was a low-light.

The most interesting comment from Rose came when the former NBA MVP was asked who the best player in the league is. Rose said it was himself.

Most people would consider LeBron James the best player in the league, and Rose did call LeBron the toughest player to guard.

That’s a pretty bold answer from Rose considering he missed the past season while James has won back-to-back titles and NBA Finals MVP awards. James has also won four of the last five NBA MVP awards, with Rose taking the honor in between.

Though I strongly disagree with Rose’s answer, I absolutely love it. That’s the type of confidence you need to have as a top player in order to compete at the highest level. How would Rose’s Bulls be able to beat the Miami Heat if Rose didn’t believe he was the best player in the league?

For the record, I probably would put Rose third in my rankings behind LeBron and Kevin Durant.

H/T Bleacher Report

Jimmy Butler defends Derrick Rose for sitting out season

Jimmy ButlerJimmy Butler had a breakout series in the playoffs against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but that was the last thing the Chicago Bulls forward wanted to talk about when LBS caught up with him at the Bear Trap Entertainment All-Star Celebrity Kickoff Party at the Playboy Mansion on Monday night.

The second-year player from Marquette saw extra minutes in the postseason with so many of his Bulls teammates hurt, and he delivered. He averaged 13.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.3 steals and threes per game during the playoffs.

When asked about his strong series against the Heat, Butler could only focus on the fact that his team lost.

“Stop saying that word, that’s a bad word! We lost, you said that word like three times,” Butler joked.

Butler also showed the mentality of a true team player.

“[I] did OK,” Butler said of his series against the Heat. “For me as an individual it really doesn’t matter because we didn’t win. What’s the goal in basketball? It’s to win as a team. I’d rather win than have a great series.”

The biggest controversy surrounding the Bulls this season was the status of Derrick Rose. The former MVP was expected to return from knee surgery during the season, but he never felt comfortable coming back. His delayed comeback caused anger among impatient fans, but Butler says Rose and the Bulls did the right thing by not forcing a return.

“[Rose] knew what he was doing,” Butler told Larry Brown Sports. “The organization knew what they were doing. They did what was best for the team and what was best for him as a person.”

With Rose, Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng unavailable against the Heat, Butler said he felt like he had to step up and fulfill Rose’s role on the team.

“It was tough knowing that the locker room was on my shoulders. I felt like I had a number one on my front and a ‘Rose’ on the back [of my jersey], because that’s how he feels night in and night out. It’s tough, but I guess it’s what you want.”

Rose said this week that he feels 100 percent healthy and will be ready for the start of the season. The Bulls reached the conference finals in 2010-2011, which was the season Rose was named NBA MVP.

Joakim Noah: Derrick Rose critics need to ‘shut up’

Derrick-Rose-hates-attentionDerrick Rose has not yet officially ruled out his return in the 2013 postseason, but Chicago Bulls fans have grown incredibly impatient. The team has done well in his absence, earning a respectable seed in the playoffs and knocking off the Brooklyn Nets in the first round. The Bulls also defeated the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their series on Monday night.

But there are few who believe Chicago can win a title without Rose on the floor, which has led to radio stations encouraging fans to send angry messages to the star point guard. Joakim Noah wants that nonsense to stop.

“Derrick’s a brother,” Noah said after his double-double against the Heat, via ESPNChicago.com. “And to see him go through this is tough, but at the end of the day it’s really funny how quick people are to judge. But people don’t know what it’s like to lead a team, especially after you tore your ACL.

“If you tore your ACL and you have to be the starting point guard and have the expectations that Derrick has, then maybe you can judge, but everybody who hasn’t been in that situation before should really shut up because I feel like it’s just so unfair to him and to this team. We’re fighting, and everybody’s going to just s— on somebody who’s been giving so much to this organization. It’s crazy to me.”

Rose tore his ACL in the playoffs last April, and it is not uncommon for athletes to take at least a full year to recover from an injury of that magnitude. Bulls fans became optimistic in March when he was reportedly cleared to play, but his status for this series still remains “up in the air.”

Like I said before, there is no way Rose would rather be watching from the bench than playing. If this was early on in the regular season and he had already been rehabbing for more than a year, you could maybe start to wonder. Who wants to watch from the sidelines during the playoffs? To think that Rose is milking his injury at this point in the season is just ridiculous.

CBS Chicago encouraging fans to write complaints to Derrick Rose

Derrick RoseThe Chicago Bulls currently hold a 3-2 series lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the playoffs, and people are already buzzing about the possibility of Derrick Rose returning to face the Miami Heat if they are able to advance. Rose has said multiple times that he will not come back unless he is 100 percent healthy, but Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he is not opposed to inserting his start point guard into the lineup whenever he’s ready.

In the meantime, fans have become flabbergasted and frustrated. Rose was reportedly cleared to play almost a month ago but has been waiting until he can confidently dunk off his left foot. Fans witnessed him dunking in pregame warmups back in February, but the former MVP continues to watch games from the bench. Now, CBS Chicago is encouraging Bulls fans to call Rose out by writing letters to him.

It’s been over one year since Derrick Rose’s ACL tear and over two months since doctors cleared him to play.

Still, the former MVP of the league refuses to leave his post on the Bulls bench. Meanwhile, the hobbled Bulls continue to fight on against the Nets in Round 1 of the NBA playoffs.

Frustrated? Here’s your chance to express your feelings to Rose.

In the space below, write an open letter to the face of the Bulls franchise. Yell at him, plead with him, convince him – this is your chance to say whatever it is you want to say to Derrick Rose.

670 The Score wants to hear from you. Please keep your submission under 50 words. We’ll select and publish our favorites.

If you ask me, that seems a bit unnecessary. Rose is a known competitor. If he thought he could help the Bulls, he would be playing. Letters from the fans via a local radio station are not going to get him on the court any faster.

H/T Deadspin
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Derrick Rose reportedly offered to pay for funeral of murdered 6-month-old

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose is not the type of player who would do something for publicity. His level of talent alone makes him a superstar, but Rose is a very private person. This is a guy who wouldn’t even dance like the rest of his teammates at the All-Star Game last year. That’s why you know the murder of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins must have really hit home for him.

According to WLS-TV in Chicago, Rose has offered to help cover the funeral expenses for Jonylah and the Watkins family. The infant was shot five times and killed on Monday night as her father, Jonathan Watkins, was changing her diaper in their car. Jonathan Watkins is currently in critical condition.

The killer remains on the loose and police had not taken anyone into custody as of Tuesday evening. In addition to Rose, many others from the community where the tragedy took place have donated money to a reward fund to help track down the murderer. On Tuesday night, the fund stood at $11,000.

“These persons who committed this horrible crime, we guarantee you they will be brought to justice,” Corey Brooks said, speaking on behalf of the Watkins family.

Flyers have been handed out around the neighborhood in an attempt to encourage people who may have information about the killer to come forward. Even if justice is served, it will never erase the unspeakable tragedy. The only hope is that it could help the family and the community begin to heal.

Photo credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Derrick Rose reportedly cleared to play, just wants to confidently dunk off left foot

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose appears to be very close to coming back to playing with the Chicago Bulls.

ESPN Chicago reported Friday that Rose has been cleared by his doctor to resume playing in games. The doctor also reportedly told the team that Rose is no more at risk of incurring another injury than any other player.

Though Rose is reportedly going hard in practice with his teammates and has been seen dunking, he reportedly wants to feel like he can confidently dunk off his left foot before beginning to play in games again. In this sense, he has a mental hurdle rather than a physical one.

The former MVP began sitting on the team’s bench again last weekend, which was another indication that he was close to returning. The Bulls reportedly are confident that he will return mid-March, meaning he could make his season debut in exactly a week when they play at the Golden State Warriors on March 15.

Rose has been out since tearing his ACL last April in the playoffs. He had surgery in May and would be looking at a 10-month recovery period should he return in the next few weeks.

His return has been the most anticipated event for the Bulls this season. Tension over his return heightened two weeks ago after his brother ripped the team for inactivity at the trade deadline. Most of that will be forgotten when he finally returns.

Photo credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Derrick Rose sits on Bulls bench for first time this season (Picture)

Derrick Rose Bulls bench

Derrick Rose joined his teammates on the Chicago Bulls bench during a game for the first time this season, which is a great sign no matter how you look at it.

Rose has been out since tearing his ACL late last April in the playoffs. His rehab has been going somewhat slowly, and he said last month he wouldn’t mind missing the season if decides his knee is not ready. But, last week, a video emerged of Rose dunking in practice.

Between Rose practicing with the team, dunking, and now sitting on the team’s bench for a road game at Indiana, all signs seem to be pointing to him getting closer to re-joining the team. At the least, it’s a good sign that the relationship between Rose and his team appears strong despite his brother’s recent comments.