Derrick Rose spoke to the media on Saturday and he sounded like a man ready to prove his doubters wrong – and he’s got a lot of doubters. He told the reporters he doesn’t need their “f–king validation” as he starts a new chapter with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The former Chicago Bulls star and league MVP signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, reuniting him with his former coach Tom Thibodeau, and former Chicago teammates Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. While he may have lost the confidence of fans in recent years, Rose isn’t taking any of their criticism to heart.
“I mean, this is how I feel about it, the whole perspective on it,” he said. “You can have your perspective on me, as far as I’m a bum, I can’t play, I can’t shoot, this and that. All right, cool. I have no hard feelings about that. I’m cool with that. If that’s how you feel, that’s how you feel. But at the same time, I don’t need your validation. Like, I know who I am. I know the type of player I am. You respect that and I respect that and we should be good.
Despite those underwhelming figures, Rose has remained steadfast in his belief that he can still help the Timberwolves as they pursue their first postseason appearance since 2004.
“I’m wholeheartedly invested, even though I just got here,” he said, per Zgoda. “I just want to play and have the opportunity to show that I can still play.”
Rose averaged nearly 10 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but only appeared in 16 games due to an ankle injury. After that, he was traded to the Jazz on trade deadline day, and he was quickly waived and sat untouched until signing with the Wolves this week.