Derrick Rose Answering Critics’ Questions

November 12th, 2009 by Josh Herman Leave a reply »
The biggest question mark surrounding Derrick Rose when the Bulls picked him with the top overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft was his defense.

Now, with just a little over a full season under his belt, Rose has found the answer: athleticism.

The 6'3"point guard may not be the tallest guy on the floor night-in and night-out, but he's shown that he can bang with the big fellas.

He may not play get-in-your-face straight-up-and-down defense like Bruce Bowen or possess a glove like Gary Payton, but he does have one attribute that's proving to be very valuable: the kid's got hops.

Rose first showed glimpses of this leaping ability on the offensive side of the floor, rising up in clogged lanes and throwing it down over big men. But slowly he started to show that in the NBA there's a fine line between a great defender and a great athlete.

The same has been seen before with a guy nicknamed the King. Most said that the one negative surrounding LeBron James was that his defense was suspect. But who could've really doubted a 6'8", 250 pound man who can jump out of Quicken Loans Arena? Eventually the athleticism showed, and now LeBron i ...

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