Friday, 24 December 2010


ISTANBUL, TYRKEY. SEPTEMBER 13, 2010. USA's Derrick Rose (C) cuts down the net as his teammate Tyson Chandler (R) looks on after the final of the 2010 FIBA World Championship at Istanbul's Sinan Erdem Dome. The US team won the world championship basketball title beating Turkey 81-64. (Photo ITAR-TASS/ Roman Kruchinin) Photo via Newscom

This writer lined up for hours to meet Derrick Rose in London, late 2009 and he was the nervous one. Still even if this guarded point is soft spoken, his game speaks volumes. Guards are supposed to be small but just look at dudes arms. Baby Bulls are supposed to gallop but he stampedes. Rose bloomed from Game 1 and took the defending champs Boston to seven games in his rookie year. Rooks and eight seeds don't do that. After a great second term Rose is a sophomore no more, he's part of the Point Guard and league elite. Along with Carlos Boozer he's forming a Malone and Stockton of the new millennium, and they've only played a few games so far. He passes, boards, scores, bangs and dunks (see that two hander?). With Rose Chi-town are contenders, not pretenders to the throne. This shy and retiring guard is going to inspire confidence to the day he hangs 'em up. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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