Everyone has their downfall, and when we’re undergoing it, people (haters, if you call it) criticise and wonder what’s taking us so long to get back up on our feet again.
And of course, we’re trying the hardest, working on it.
You may think I’m being utterly biased right here, and you may feel it isn’t correct for me to say that Derrick Rose here displays pure hard work and deserves all the attention for his return, because I don’t know how hard he’s been training ‘behind the screens’ and when he’s off the press. Well, at least you think that he claims that he’s been giving his 100% for working to get back on the court.
No sportsman will dare to slack off, unless he hasn’t got the real deal – the passion for his thang. Now let’s take a look at D Rose.
June 26, 2008: The Bulls select Rose, who led Memphis to the national championship game in his one season there. “Of course (there’s) going to be pressure,” he says, “but I’m used to playing in Chicago, so I don’t think that will matter.”
July 14, 2008: In a rare public misstep, Rose pleads guilty to speeding and accepts a $1,000 fine. He was ticketed in April for driving more than 100 mph on Interstate 88 in Aurora. “I did something stupid,” he says.
March 24, 2009: Rose sits out a 99-91 victory over the Pistons with a wrist injury. It occurred on a dunk attempt the previous night.
April 18, 2009: Rose lights up the Celtics for 36 points and 11 assists in a victorious Game 1 of a playoff series. He matches Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record for scoring in a playoff debut.
April 22, 2009: Rose receives 111 of 120 first-place votes for Rookie of the Year. He joins Michael Jordan and Elton Brand as Bulls winners, saying: “I was telling all of you (reporters) that I didn’t really care, but … my biggest thing was to get this award.”
Jan. 28, 2010: Rose becomes the first Bull since Michael Jordan to be an All-Star, via a vote of league coaches.
Jan. 27, 2011: Rose records his first triple-double, torching the Grizzlies for 22 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Ten days later, he is announced as an All-Star Game starter.
May 3, 2011: Months after asking why he can’t be the league’s MVP, he becomes the youngest in NBA history at 22 years, 7 months by claiming 113 of 121 first-place votes. Before friends and family, Rose accepts the award and thanks mother Brenda for “being in my life.”
Jan. 11, 2012: Rose misses the first of five non-consecutive games with a sprained big left toe.
Feb. 10, 2012: Rose misses the first of five straight games with lower-back issues, joking that he feels like an old man.
April 8, 2012: Rose finally returns after missing 12 games with a groin injury.
April 10, 2012: Rose sits out a victory over the Knicks with an ankle injury. Rose wanted to play, but the Bulls said no.
April 28, 2012: It happens. With about 1:20 to play and the Bulls up by 12 over the 76ers in a playoff game, Rose leaves the floor, clutching his left knee. The ACL is torn. “Saddest win ever,” Kyle Korver says.
Jan. 3, 2013: After Thibodeau says Rose “has to go through a regular practice … before we can even think about playing him,” observers figure he will return by early March.
Feb. 13, 2013: Rose says of when he will return: “It’s really on me to make that decision. … My leg still isn’t feeling right.” In March he says that “nobody knows but God” if he will return this season.
May 6, 2013: The Bulls stun the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals without Rose. The Heat win the next four games as some fans and commentators rip Rose for not returning.
Sept. 22, 2013: Days before the opening of training camp, Rose says the time away actually has increased his level of confidence.
Oct. 29, 2013: Rose struggles in his return, shooting 4-for-15 with five turnovers in a 107-95 loss at Miami.
Nov. 22, 2013: Rose limps off the court in Portland, Ore., after losing his footing while trying to change direction. He leaves the arena on crutches. The eventual diagnosis: torn meniscus in his right knee.
Nov. 25, 2013: Rose undergoes surgery. The Bulls declare him done for the season.
And then July 2014:
Rose is selected to be one of the players in Team USA Basketball and arrives in Las Vegas for the team’s training camp for FIBA World Cup 2014. Coach K states that he’s one of the most impressive players in the league and is doing fine. The sporting world wowed at his return. And he does it again – MVP vibes, threw in that sick dunk (refer to footage attached) and showed how he still has it. The grip of the ball.
You see what I’m trying to get here? D Rose met shit in his life. So many injuries, so many failures, yet with occasional glorious uprising and honour. And he never lets his mother and brothers down – that’s his fire within.
Never stop keeping your head up –
That’s what made The Return possible.
Of course this is incidentally an account for me to show how crazily in love I am for this man here.
D is really one treasured figure I’d always look up to, and definitely, Rose fans have faith that he’s about to emerge like no other and strive for a championship for the Bulls in the seasons to come.
I live by this quote in every single thing I do, daily, I tell myself:
All the days you wake up, you have one job – and that’s to get better every single day.
– Derrick Rose, Point Guard of the Chicago Bulls
Not that I’m super heroic, not that I’m under the media attention constantly, not that I’m pressurised and questioned by the world instantaneously about my progress in my shit,
Just that I’ve gotta make people who actually believe in me proud – that I’m worthy, that I’m unique, that I’m just plain determined.