Many have wondered how Derrick Rose will play once he finally takes the court for the first time in nearly 17 months. Will he still play as aggressive as he did before the injury? Will he improve on his jump shot after taking so many of them during his rehab? Can he help the Bulls improve defensively? Will he play as many minutes?
With so many questions, Rose provided one answer early Tuesday morning.
Currently in the Philippines on the D Rose World Tour sponsored by Adidas, the former MVP spoke with ABS-CBN news and said he doesn't expect anything but his confidence level to change when he returns.
“I think I have way more confidence when I go out there, knowing I put everything into my craft all summer,” Rose told ABS-CBNnews.com. “I was lifting weights, and training-wise, I think I’m one of the hardest workers if not the hardest-worker in the NBA.”
Rose confirmed that he has been working to improve on his jump shots, as well as the length of those outside looks, to help free up the lane for him on drives to the basket.
“As far as shooting, I think that’s the only thing I need to work on. The only thing I’ve been working on is shooting longer shots, because I think if people have to come out and stick with me a little bit further, it opens up the court a little bit more," he said, "and give me enough room to create and get my guys open.”
In terms of his jump-shot numbers, earlier in the month we looked at how past players have performed on jumpers the year after their ACL surgeries, and the results were positive.
Earlier in the week Rose declared himself 100 percent healthy.