Skip to main content

“Imma try to break you first before you get to me”-Derrick Rose opens up on Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant helping him develop his killer mentality

Derrick Rose reveals how Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant helped him develop his competitive edge
Kobe Bryant & Derrick Rose

Kobe Bryant & Derrick Rose

For a point in time, Derrick Rose was one of the most electric players in the NBA. Unfortunately, he's never fully recovered from a torn ACL suffered early in his career, and while he's managed to turn himself into a solid role player in recent seasons, it's fair to wonder just how good Rose could have become had he not torn his ACL in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

Rose reveals how Jordan and Bryant inspired a part of his game

Rose dominated his opponents in his prime by taking his game to them. Whether it was flashy finishes at the rim or a plethora of tough jump shots, Rose could do it all. Even to this day, he's remained a solid scorer when called upon, and he has always found a way to keep his teammates involved when he's running the offense.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Along the way, it became clear that Rose had the killer instinct or mentality needed to put teams to bed. Rose claims that a pair of legends in Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant served as his inspiration for this mentality he developed, and he believes it's a big reason that he was able to become one of the best players in the league for a point in time and stay in the NBA for as long as he has.

"MJ talked s*** sometimes, but it's like the fear of waking him up…The people was timid, and if you was about that, Imma wear you down. Who's gonna break first? Imma try to break you first before you get to me. And I felt like that's what made my competitive edge push me to a high level, because I was willing to do anything on that court to win that game, and that's what people saw from my rookie year all the way to when I won my MVP." - Derrick Rose, My Expert Opinion Podcast

Rose's mentality has certainly helped him have a successful career

While many other basketball players looked up to Jordan and Bryant for their moves on the court, Rose was different in the sense that he looked to them for inspiration in developing his competitive mentality. He saw that's what helped make them great and help them beat their opponents, and for a while early in his career, Rose did the same thing with the Chicago Bulls.

Rose's career hasn't necessarily panned out the way it was expected to, but that doesn't make it any less successful. Rose has overcome a lot of adversity to stick around the league and carve out a role for himself no matter where he ended up. There aren't many other players who would be able to do that, and even if it wasn't what Rose looked destined to accomplish in his career, it doesn't make it any less impressive.

Jordan and Bryant were two players with that killer instinct, or in Bryant's words, that "Mamba Mentality," to help their team win. Rose has developed a similar mentality that has helped him stay in the NBA for as long as he has, and he continues to show his hard work and resiliency to this day with the New York Knicks.

kobe bryant

"The lockout was made to restrict the Lakers" — When Kobe Bryant claimed the 2011 NBA lockout was a setup

Kobe Bryant also shared his thoughts on the infamous Chris Paul trade that got vetoed by David Stern

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan in action against the Boston Celtics

“They never won the championship when they had 28 teams and so much parity in the league” - Michael Jordan once dissed the Boston Celtics’ early championships

While the C's are always praised for being a historic franchise and having the most championships many, including Michael Jordan, feel there's a caveat in regards to their achievements.

(11) Dwight Howard, (10) Kobe Bryant, (6) LeBron James and (5)Jason Kidd react on the bench

"They're totally different as far as their personalities" - Dwight Howard on the biggest differences between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James

According to DH12, one preferred to be straightforward and quiet, while the other was the type to blast music and let his work do the talking.

LeBron James

LeBron James calls out the media for their treatment of Kyrie Irving compared to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones - "I was kind of disappointed"

LeBron calls out the media for having double standards when reporting about Kyrie Irving and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (right) and teammate Stephen Jackson (3) talk to each other

“How are we gonna explain this to Pop?” - How a bloody paintball match almost got Stephen Jackson and Tim Duncan in deep trouble

Fortunately, a busted lip was all the penalty Stephen Jackson had to endure for not following Gregg Popovich's instructions.