Derrick Rose was one of the greatest young talents when he first entered the league before he was plagued with injuries, the 30-year-old doesn’t have retirement in sight until he believes that he isn’t affecting the game anymore.
NBA writer, Shams Charania, sat down with the 2011 MVP winner where Rose said he can’t be out on the court as just some random player who doesn’t impact the team in a positive way.
Part of my sitdown with 2011 MVP Derrick Rose. On continuing to play: “For my sanity, I can’t be the guy out there not affecting the game in some way. The day that happens … it will be my way of letting me know that I got to let go of the ropes.” pic.twitter.com/85Huf2pF4y
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 11, 2019
Rose becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer where he has expressed interest in re-signing with the Timberwolves but the real question is, do the Timberwolves feel the same way.
Minnesota may have missed out on a spot in the playoffs this season but good news for Rose is that he was the second highest leading scorer on the team behind NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns. The former MVP played in a total of 51 games this season, averaging 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
There aren’t too many current players who have gone through as much as what Derrick Rose has, four knee surgeries, one eye procedure, and an elbow surgery ever since his history-making MVP win in 2011. It’s one of the great feel-good stories to see Rose keep on fighting to return to the league after every injury.
Whenever Rose does decide to retire, there won’t be a single dry eye in the stadium that he plays his final ever game at.