HoopsHype recently posted a great interview with Derrick Rose. If you’re a Bulls fan, or just a D-Rose fan, it’s a must-read. And, heck, considering how the lockout has choked off the NBA news feed lately, it’s probably a must-read for any pro basketball enthusiast.
Here are the parts of the interview that really caught my attention:
On whether he’ll play overseas:
“I’m staying. I don’t play pickup basketball. I’m working out in Los Angeles right now. I haven’t taken into consideration yet playing overseas. Right now, if I do think about it, the Euroleague is definitely an option I would consider. I would have to talk to my agents and make sure that everything is OK, but I’m hoping right now there’s a season.”
My take: Derrick is keeping his options open, which makes sense, but it doesn’t sound like he’s keen on playing overseas. It seems like he ‘s more interested in preparing for the next NBA season. Whenever that is. Speaking of which…
On how he’s preparing for next season:
“Well, it’s the first time I ever lifted weight besides college. I think that’s gonna help me evolve my game. I know it’s going to be hard because I really don’t like lifting like that, but I’ll do anything to win, anything to get that advantage. Benching, squats, sit-ups, push-ups… Everything you can think of, I’m doing it right now on one-hour sessions from Monday to Friday. I’m on the court from like 8.30 to 9.30, then go home, sleep till like 1 and then I go to my conditioning. … Just trying to be consistent, be sharp and work on my post-up game.”
Derrick is already (in my opinion) the strongest and most explosive point guard in the Association. And now he’s getting even stronger? No doubt he’ll be adding the official 15 pounds of muscle that Lang Whitaker likes to write about. Anyway, a stronger D-Rose should be a pretty scary prospect for the unfortunate people who get stuck defending him.
It’ll be interesting to see how his post game comes along…and how many post up plays coach Tom Thibodeau will call for him.
On how he feels about winning the 2010-11 MVP:
“It was great but I’m not satisfied. I won’t be satisfied until I win a championship. I’m not satisfied at all. There’s not a doubt in my mind that I’m not going to win a championship. I’m going win multiple championships. It’s not a doubt in my mind.”
Ugh. I love Rose’s confidence. I loved it last summer when he asked why he couldn’t be the MVP of the league and then went out and won the award. But predicting championships almost never works out very well. Just ask Patrick Ewing, who made an almost annual title prediction throughout the 1990s.
On whether the Bulls need to enhance the roster:
“Everybody is working out hard right now. If everyone comes in and work on their game, I think that we have a good shot of winning without getting anybody to come to my team. I think everything was just so new… Last year was my first time getting past the first round of the playoffs. Everything was just new to everybody, and that thing is gonna help us. Last year was the base for our team and the sky’s the limit for us.”
Notice how he said “we have a good shot of winning without getting anybody to come to my team”?
Anyway, I suppose that, in theory, the Bulls couldwin a championship as presently constructed. But there are several other championship-caliber teams out there, and the Bulls need to get a little more separation if they want to win it all. Another season of “Keith Bogans: Starting Shooting Guard” isn’t going to get it done.
Still, Rose is all about loyalty to his teammates. I’m sure he knows, in his heart, the team needs to make a few upgrades. But he’s got his teammates’ backs. Which is always important for a team leader.