He’s heating up and finding that consistency in his game. He never was a three-point shooter, so those stats hold little interest. He’s becoming a better basketball player and raising his IQ.
“When you miss three years, damn near, you see everything,” Rose said. “I’m just being patient a little bit more and there’s no point in me forcing anything by the way that they’re playing me. They’re not double-teaming me, they’re letting me do whatever I want to do, it’s just all about me catching rhythm”
“Every game I play is a stride,” Rose said. “Every day I go in there and work out, do my rehab or training, it’s a stride. It’s a step forward. So every day is a positive day, even if I have a bad game or if I’m having a bad day, I try to erase it the next day.”
When Rose had the meniscectomy procedure on Feb. 27, the optimistic spin was that he could possibly return this season. He was only supposed to be out for six weeks at most. Bulls fans have surely heard that before — like Britney Spears songs on the radio in the late 90s and early Y2K — but being that hometown teams are delusional concerning their superstars, some gullible zombies believed he would return this season. Just as they believed the last two times his knees disrespected him.
“When I sit out its not because of this year. Im thinking about long term,” Rose said. Im thinking about after Im done with basketball. Having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to, I dont want to be in my meetings all sore. Or be at my sons graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. (Im) just learning and being smart.
On Thursday night things improved as he and Pau Gasol did their 1-2 in a statement win over Miami, combining for 28 points.