Derrick Rose, former 2010-11 NBA MVP turns back the clock on Wednesday, October 31. The Minnesota Timberwolves point guard scored a career high, 50 points in a win over the Utah Jazz, and the entire sports world is all over it. With the NBA season starting only on the 16 of October, Rose scored the second most points of the 2018-19 season, just behind Golden State Warriors shooting guard, Klay Thompson’s 52 points against the Chicago Bulls.
While averaging a career low 12.7 points per game in the 2017-2018 season, his numbers were still great for coming off the bench. He started the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and was traded to the Timberwolves halfway through the season, putting up slightly higher numbers there. The 30 year old point guard battled injuries his whole career unfortunately. He went through minor issues as most athletes do, sprained wrists and ankles, some lower back issues. Following his MVP ceremony, April 28, 2012 was the day Rose’s career changed. His team, the Chicago Bulls, were leading by 12 points against the Philadelphia 76er’s with 1:20 left on the clock when Rose left the floor with a torn ACL. “It was the saddest win ever,” said teammate Kyle Korver.
A season later the Bulls are ready for another great season until November 2, 2013, Rose tears his meniscus in his right knee. The meniscus is a tendon in your knee that is vital for lateral movement so you could imagine how detrimental this was to the team and his health. He undergoes surgery and is done for the season. On October 29, 2014, Rose makes his second comeback scoring 13 points and 5 assists in a win against the New York Knicks. On February 24, 2015, later in the season, Rose tears his right meniscus for the second time in the same season. With suffering countless injuries during his career, Rose proved many people wrong with this statement win with the Timberwolves.
After Rose’s standout performance, the whole league was ecstatic, praising him for the game. During the post-game interview, Rose teared up with a very emotional response when the interviewer asked what this game meant to him. “It means everything dog,” said Rose. “I worked my a** off. I went out and did this for the franchise, the organization, the fans and everybody.” With his teammates behind him and a stadium full of fans of his team and even the opposing team cheering him on, this moment was huge for him. Rose proved to everybody that he’s still got it and hard work and dedication paved the way for this win. With six assists and efficient shooting to go along with his massive 50 points, this was a night to remember for Rose and NBA history. Not only was the sports world happy for Rose, but popular rappers such as Mick Jenkins also congratulated him. Everybody hopes to see more out of Rose now, after reminding everybody what he’s capable of despite the injury setbacks. Hopefully he can handle the pressure and avoid injury.