Derrick Rose: “My only goal is to win a championship”
Derrick Rose has recovered from his devastating knee injury and is back with a vengeance, stating that his “only goal is to win a championship” and that his “confidence grew as a player”. I’m all for Rose manning up and returning to the Bulls as an improved player in 2013, but with all of the heat he’s taken from the city he calls home, coming back with an added confidence seems suspect.
Rose sat out all of last season as he recovered from ACL surgery, and Chicago fans waited desperately for the 2011 NBA MVP to lace ’em up and lead the Bulls to the promise land. That never happened and Rose suffered the scrutiny that comes with the territory of being the main man in a large NBA market. Chicago takes their sports seriously, and Rose was spared no criticism.
“My only goal is to win a championship.” Rose said Sunday at the United Center.
“It’s just going to be an emotional day,” Rose said. “Just playing again and being around my teammates and being in the atmosphere of an arena, playing in front of people. I haven’t had that in a long time.”
The expectations for Rose should prove to be incredibly high this season, as chatter of the Bulls unseating the Miami Heat has already started. Rose and the Bulls will face, not only the Miami Heat in the east, but the improved Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, and the Indiana Pacers.
It seems as if a lot has changed since Rose went down with his knee injury. The eastern conference has gotten tougher. Teams within the Central Division have grown stronger, and the hype around Rose and the defensive minded Chicago Bulls has not died down one bit. I’d venture to say that this season will be the most crucial of Rose’s young professional career. One that could make or break the Bulls’ current core of players.
“The only thing that has changed in my game is the confidence,” he said. “My confidence grew as a player. You’ll see that when I play.”
“I believe I’m one of the hardest workers in the NBA,” Rose said.
Nobody denies the level of talent that the Chicago Bulls possess. They were able to hit the playoffs running last season without their franchise point guard. The east has improved, but the Bulls with Rose at the helm are still an elite level team, and his game-changing pace should provide enough offensive spark to make this team dangerous once again.