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"I'm gonna smash everything"—Derrick Rose on how his father's absence fueled his basketball obsession

Derrick Rose claims he's put over 40,000 hours of work into the game of basketball.
Derrick Rose on how his father's absence fueled his basketball obsession

Derrick Rose

Every NBA player has his unique story of how he made it to the big leagues. Apart from pure hard work, New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose revealed his ultimate motivator was his father's absence.

Smash everything

Speaking with Matt Hoffa, Rose shared a bit about his upbringing, especially in relation to basketball and his father. According to Rose, he didn't fall into despair knowing that his father wasn't around. Instead, he diverted his energies and focus to showing what his father missed out on.

"My dad wasn't around that long and I wasn't like that kid who got mad at that. I took it as motivation, where it's like 'I'm gonna smash everything that he couldn't even dream about. Like whatever you thought you were gonna do as a man.' This was when I thought he was living because the older I got, I realized he passed. But at that time, man, he's somewhere," Rose said.

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It's a familiar yet sad story. LeBron James is also one of those elite players who did not have a father growing up. But instead of being rebellious teenagers, Rose and James turned out to be sound and mature men. Rose is one of his era's most beloved NBA players. After suffering a series of knee injuries, Rose was able to resurrect and prolong his career.


They say that one has to put in 10,000 hours of work to master their craft. According to Rose, he has put in around 30,000 to 40,000 hours into the game. Included in these hours is the rehabilitation period for his knee injuries. When you also take that into account, Rose may have had to put in more work than the average player.

"That's facts. I dedicated my life to this sport at one point. And that's why I achieved what I achieved," Rose said.

Rose noted that his obsession with the game intruded on his school and personal life. In college, during his classes, Rose couldn't stop thinking of the game. When he was out for a boys' night out, Rose thought about going to the gym.

Perhaps this is what makes Rose a fan favorite despite not achieving the success of his contemporaries. The man has gone through so much on and off the court, and he still continues to serve as an inspiration to everyone. Fans all over the world are rooting for Rose to continue winning. If that means winning a championship, then great. But even if he never wins one, he'll forever be a champion in people's hearts.

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