Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose has had a lot of ups and downs over his career. After becoming a superstar and fan favorite early in his young career, things took a dark turn when he suffered from injuries that robbed him of much of his prime.
But even now, as he prepares for his 12th season, his focus isn't on basketball -- rather, it's on his family. His 8-year-old son, Derrick Rose Jr., is to be the center of his world right now, and rightfully so.
Rose is one of the most likable players in the NBA. Besides his humility and perseverance, his loyalty and love for family have always been admirable. And it's from the people he loves in which he finds his greatest inspiration.
This season, on the basketball court, he will continue his tenure with the Pistons, as they look to solidify themselves as playoff contenders in the Eastern Conference. So long as he stays healthy, Rose is expected to play a major role in their performance. Last season, he averaged 18.1 points, 5.6 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game on 49% shooting.