Is Derrick Rose The Best Player In The NBA Right Now?
Derrick Rose believes that he’s the best player in the NBA today. That’s right. Better than LeBron James. Better than Kevin Durant. Better than Dwight Howard. Better than Chris Paul. And better than, well, anyone else that we could name here. Even though he hasn’t actually played in the NBA in more than a year due to an ACL injury, Rose feels like he’s still the best player in the league. He said so during an interview with CNN earlier this week.
“Derrick Rose,” he said when asked who the best player in the NBA is.
Rose did go on to say that James is the hardest guy to guard in the NBA. But he didn’t hesitate to say that he thinks he’s the best. And you know what? Good for him. While he’s come under some criticism for saying that he’s the best player in the NBA, he should think that way. Even though guys like James, Durant, Howard, and Paul exist, Rose is pretty damn good in his own right. So it’s good that he thinks he’s the best. If nothing else, it will push him to go out on the court and prove it next season when he returns to the Chicago Bulls lineup. He’ll need that confidence in order to regain his confidence on the court.
Fortunately, it shouldn’t take him long to get back to his old form, either. Although Rose hasn’t played in an NBA game in a year, he’s been working hard to improve as a player and could come back better than ever during the 2013-14 NBA season.
“His overall strength is terrific,” his head coach Tom Thibodeau said earlier this week. “He’s put a lot of work into his body. I know he’s anxious to get out there and play. He’s played some pickup but not a lot, but he feels great, and that’s the most important thing.”
That work and the confidence that Rose has in himself should lead to good things next season. But will it lead him to be the best player in the NBA? We’ll just have to wait and see.
What do you think about what Rose said about himself? Is he the best player in the NBA right now? Or do you think there’s someone else out there who is better?