Derrick Rose has elevated his game this season and will likely win the regular season MVP after leading his Bulls to the best record in the league. He’s improved his outside shooting and free throw shooting while maintaining his exceptional quickness and ball distributing skills, making him one of the best point guards and players in the whole league.
There just aren’t many opposing players who can guard him, and Darren Collison, the Pacers point guard, certainly isn’t one of them. No need to tell that to Pacers interim head coach Frank Vogel who can already tell you that Rose is a more perfectly engineered being than Batman’s Bane.
Speaking after his team blew a 10-point lead with just over three minutes to go on Saturday, Vogel said of Rose:
“The kid’s out of this world. He’s got Allen Iverson speed, Jason Kidd’s vision, Chauncey Billups’ shooting ability and Michael Jordan’s athleticism. How do you guard that? We did a good job on him, but he was too much.”
Rose had 39 and was 19-21 on his free throws, so he really ended up being too much for Indiana. But a combination of Iverson, Kidd, Billups, and Michael Jordan? Are you serious? That’s almost better than having the voice of Fergie and Jesus. Not quite better, but almost. And if Rose is as good as Vogel says, the Bulls should win it all like Del says and come close to Jerry Reinsdorf’s proclamation.