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Lee Jenkins' D. Rose Profile In SI is Fantastic

by Ricky O'Donnell on March 3, 2011 at 2:15PM

Since no day can pass at TUP without first meeting our minimum mentions quota for Derrick Rose, I direct your attention to Lee Jenkins' splendid profile of our lord in savior in the most current edition of Sports Illustrated. Jenkins is among the best NBA writers around, and he really knocked this feature out of the park. There's so much good stuff in here, from the intense summer workouts with Russ Westbrook and Kevin Love to Rose's modest courting of LeBron this past summer. All of it paints Rose as a superhero, and acts as a friendly reminder that this mini-slump he's currently in will likely soon fade. 82 games is a looong season, guys. Everyone will have peaks and valleys.

You should definitely read the whole thing, if you haven't already, but I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite parts. Brian Scalabrine no doubt earns MVP honors for these two brilliant quotes. It reminds me a movie critic going over-the-top in his praise in an attempt to make the poster.

"They are the guys who get you the need baskets," says Bulls reserve forward Brian Scalabrine, referring to the vital hoops that stop runs and close out games. "I have a different word for killers. I call them mother-------. And right now, Derrick Rose is the baddest mother------ in the league by far. He is the reason we win."
"I'm way cockier than he is," says Scalabrine, "and I never play." .
I also liked this bit of inside info on Thibodeau. Emphasis mine:

Early in the season, after a single-digit victory, Thibodeau charged into the locker room and screamed at the Bulls for not winning by more. Rose beamed. "That would not have happened here before," he says. Rose played for John Calipari at Memphis and Vinny Del Negro in Chicago but never for a tactician like Thibodeau, who leads the Bulls through 75-minute morning shootarounds in which he reviews every play the opposing team runs and every option off that play.
SHOCKED that VDN never got that far.

Rose's modesty is the stuff of legends at this point; Matt from Blog-a-Bull has taken to calling him "Humblebot". It's never been more laugh-out-loud funny than is here.

Rose is not comfortable with compliments. When told he is playing well, he shakes his head and mutters, "I wish."
During film sessions Rose provides a self-deprecating sound track: "My bad ... my fault ... my mistake ... sorry about that ... I'll get better at that."
Best of all.

Rose has identified yet another way to expand his game. He plans to spend this summer developing post moves, and assuming the regulars are back at St. Monica High, he can use the 6'10" Love as a model.
Oh man.

In Orlando tomorrow. Need a good showing.

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