After such a long break from competitive basketball everyone knew that Derrick would be a little rusty and would need a few games to get into his groove. Being preseason he will be getting fewer minutes then when the regular season kicks off. There is so much buzz around Derrick’s return to the court and play for the Bulls. The anticipation is well deserved as the 2010-2011 MVP returns to a fan base that have been lacking the All-Star energy that Derrick Rose brings every time he steps onto the court.
It is a little to early to comment on Derricks future performance in this coming 2013-2014 season, but from what we have seen so far it is looking good. He is still not back to his former self but will surely adjust over the preseason, and will kick off the season hard for sure. Many are speculating that he will bring the Bulls to the Finals. The Chicago fans almost expect it from Derrick after his long break from the league to recover from injury. I believe that this is a large weight to carry for Derrick, and that hopefully the pressure will spur him on to continue to adjust and become an overall better basketballer than he was in previous years. Another super star meltdown in the latter stages of the playoffs is never pretty.
Now when looking at his past two games his stats are reasonable, but definitely not worthy of MVP contention by any stretch of the imagination. To compete or defeat Miami in the Conference Finals will be tough for Chicago as the Heat are better than ever. Derrick scored 24.1 points and 7.4 assists per 36 minutes in his MVP year and in the 2011-2012 season, prior to his ACL injury he was scoring 22.2 points and 8.1 assists per 36 minutes. Comparing this to his first few games of the preseason, where he stands at, 21.5 points and 5.0 assists per 36 minutes he hasn’t done to bad at all. As all returning point guards Derrick was a little sloppy on the passing and shooting, leading to many turnover and lost buckets.
Derrick has said in reports that he has been tirelessly practising throughout his off-year both conditioning himself for the rigorous season to come and to make sure his ball handling and shooting skills are up to par. He has said that he has also increased his vertical by 5 inches now allegedly being about to get 42 inches off the ground, making many defenders weary of the return of Derrick. He seems to still have his explosiveness and trademark speed and has lead Chicago to both their wins so far this 2013 preseason.
I really think that Derrick will return to his former glory and will help Chicago reach the Conference Finals this coming season. It may still be a stretch to say that Derrick will return and get another MVP title, but I have no doubt he will compete with LeBron for the title and help push the NBA to further heights.