By Charlie Roumeliotis
While many continue to rave about Derrick Rose's play in the first couple preseason games coming off reconstructive knee surgery, the Bulls point guard just gave you another reason to be encouraged.
Rose said he's encouraged by how the team looks so far after practice in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and also added that this Bulls team has something different than the ones in years past.
"We're looking good," Rose said in an interview on the Bulls website Friday. "This is my first time actually being on a team where every single guy is focused in. There's no complaints. Don't get me wrong, in the past, all the teammates I played with were great, but this year is kind of different (because) me, Joakim (Noah), (Luol Deng) and everybody else are the veterans on the team. So for us, coming into practice, making sure everybody is doing the right things, staying on top of them and holding everybody accountable (will be) huge this year."
Rose was also asked about his new Adidas shoe, the D Rose 4, and said his shoe resembles himself, which is why he's excited with how it turned out.
"They actually put my personality into the shoe," Rose said. "In the front of the shoe is kind of calm, and that's how I am off the court. Then towards the back of the shoe, it's how I am on the court. It's sharp. And it doesn't feel like a regular basketball shoe, that's premium material so I love everything about my shoe."
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Around the same time the D Rose 4 was unveiled, Adidas released Rose's "All in for Chicago" commercial, and Rose explained the meaning behind it.
"Adidas actually came up with the idea, and I loved it," he said. "Shooting the (commercial), the concept of it, just what it means. I can have all that stuff, but that's not who I am. I have it and I'm fortunate and grateful to have it, but at the same time I know why I'm here and that's to inspire people and play basketball."