I’m a D-Rose fan, but one of my consistent (some might say constant) complaints has been about how rarely he gets to the line. To wit: 3.1 FTAs during his rookie season and 4.3 FTAs last year.
Superstars need to earn freebies. For further reading, refer to the collected box scores of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, etc.
Unfortunately, Rose spent most of his first two seasons avoiding contact instead of seeking it out. It works because Derrick is wicked fast and crazy athletic. So if he wants calls…he’s going to have to make them happen.
And it sounds like he’s ready to do it.
From the Chicago Sun-Times: “I’m trying to change it now where instead of avoiding the contact and hitting crazy shots, I’m trying to get fouled and go to the free-throw line. It’s kind of weird for me right now getting used to it, but it’s coming along.”
No wonder he set his career-high in free throw attempts last Saturday.
Anyway, this situation highlights one of Rose’s best traits: self-awareness. He has spoken frankly about areas of his game that need to improve — three-point shooting, defense, drawing fouls — and he’s worked on them.
When you stop and think about some of the players who have come through this city (coughEddyCurrycough), it makes Rose seem like even more of a standout. Man, the Bulls are lucky to have him.