Posted October 17, 2013

Bulls guard Derrick Rose: ‘I’m way more explosive now’

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Bulls guard Derrick Rose said he is 100 percent. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Bulls guard Derrick Rose said he feels more explosive and can jump higher.  (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is putting the entire NBA on notice.

Rose said after last’s night game, in which he scored 22 points in 22 minutes, that he feels more explosive, adding five inches to his vertical jump during the time he was out of basketball rehabbing his injured left knee.

“I think I’m way more explosive now,” Rose said.  “Like getting to the rim. I think I can take contact a little bit better. And as far as jumping-wise, I think I can jump even higher. They tested my vertical — I increased it by 5 inches. I just didn’t show it yet because there’s no need to.”

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Rose played in just his third game in the past 18 months and says he is not worried about his knee anymore.

“The biggest thing is after you have an ACL or any injury, it’s the mental part,” Rose said. “And for me not to think about anything no more and actually be reacting to the defense and the offense, it feels great knowing that I’m safe. I don’t have to worry about anything at all, even if I go to the hole and get contact and fall any type of way, that I could easily get up and bounce right back and play the way that I normally know how to play.”


4 comments
laurielynn78
laurielynn78

Derrick Rose the anti  Adrian Peterson who came back in roughly half the time from the same injury, in a much much tougher league, and won the MVP and set #2 all time season record for rushing touchdowns. Who would you rather have on your side in a street fight?

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Shut up and play already fool!

James Baranyk
James Baranyk

Well I'd rather have AP on my football team and Rose on my basketball team. How about that?