Thu, Mar 8th 2012, 11:12
Great players don’t always make potential game winning shots. But they take them, which is what Derrick Rose did Wednesday in Milwaukee, and his step back jumper settled through the net as time expired for a 106-104 Bulls victory.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Rose, who finished with 30 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. “We’re just happy we got the win. We’re trying to keep this thing going. As a kid those are things you dream about. It felt good when you’re on the road against a team that’s giving their all and you hit a nice shot like that. I remember a few years back, I was missing those kinds of shots. I think it’s a thing where you just learn from (failures).”
Great players take those shots not because they want to be heroes and not because they are selfish and not because they don’t know the right basketball play. They take those shots because they are supposed to. It’s a sport and a game, after all, and they are the entertainment. But more than that, they take those shots so their lesser talented teammates do not have the face the pressure and the scrutiny. They take those shots because they have the most talent.
They take those shots because that is their role. The role of their teammates, as Joakim Noah has said, is to go to the boards in case they miss. They take those shots and draw extra attention, which opens up their teammates for offensive rebounds and opportunities to help the team win the game. They take those shots the same as you want Albert Pujols up with the bases loaded or Tom Brady with the two minute drive. The best and most talented players have a responsibility to the game and to the community, and Rose in Milwaukee Wednesday again showed why.
“My teammates give me a lot of confidence,” said Rose, who scored, assisted or took the shot that led to an offensive rebound score on the Bulls last 13 points after the Bucks took a 95-93 lead with 3:46 left. “They tell me to take the last shot. I wanted to go around five (seconds left) or four so there was no time left on the clock.
“Hopefully, I’ll get some more (game winning chances) in my career, in the playoffs,” said Rose. “I’m blessed to be on this team because on this team that give me the ball at the end. They show what respect they have in me, confidence they have in me.”
TYLER | on 18/3/12
Do you and your team plan on winning the title this year
Camz | on 17/3/12
yeah you are really an awesome player ! i heard that you had a minor car accident. i really get worried about that news that my tears can’t wait to fall, but when i update the news your not hurt. Thanks to God, you’re safe. Continue to strive and you will achieve your goal. LOVE YOU ALWAYS. GOD SPEED!
Ummah | on 17/3/12
Scrapper, who introduced you to Derrick Rose and Memphis?! Who is from Memphis? And, who has been pcihraeng to you for a long long time now how good Memphis is? ME, Blake. Memphis is a very good team and excels because of the pure athleticism on the team. CDR is a great slasher, Rose is quick as shit. Dorsey is massive. Willie Kemp is quick and can knock down 3s. Antonio Anderson is a good slasher. I can go all day about my hometown boys.I grew up with Andre Allen. He was the number 1 player in the nation in the 8th grade and won an AAU national championship playing with Memphis Bellevue. I saw him play in middle school and high school. I say this because I know Memphis very well and I know Duke very well as I have been a fan since elementary school. Memphis and Duke are superficially similar but very different. Duke attempts to play uptempo, but Memphis effectively does it. Memphis is so much more athletic it is not even funny. I like Singler, but he would be manhandled. And, King, wouldn’t see the court in that matchup. While Duke could be better skill-wise, Memphis has runs a system like no other. Now, they can force turnovers and run you out the gym. I want to respectfully disagree with your assessment of Memphis and the insufficient juxtaposition of the teams. Memphis is good, but they have some flaws one of which is that they play to the level of competition, can struggle attacking zones, and do not shoot particularly well as a team (3pts, fts, and 15+foot jumpers). Aye, if you want I can write a guest column. I have a million things to write about both teams as I follow them closely. I also have really good ties with Tennessee Vols basketball as I know some of the players on their team JP Prince from Memphis and others. Tennessee can beat Memphis…should be a great rivalry game. Let me know. I gots lots in this brain kiddo.
Carmelle Ann B. Rojo | on 15/3/12
I am glad that I got access to D.Rose’s website.
Im happy because Derrick has been an inspiration to millions of young people today, on how to work really hard for their dreams. I admire him for being a great yet a humble player. Please continue to remain good hearted and God-fearing because I think, aside from your great skills, those are the keys on having a successful career.
MaY God bless you always! More power to you and your team.
p.s. Hope you can visit our country soon. I have been wishing and dreaming to meet you in person. <3
raizhe | on 13/3/12
d rose you are my favorite basket ball player of all time do you have tips on how to drive the ball to the basket and dish out a pass or score
janetrose | on 11/3/12
arbaya yarag | on 8/3/12
that was a great move & performance from d.rose..
Rhett Bunch | on 8/3/12
What is your favorite video game.