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Rip Hamilton says nobody wanted smoke with D-Rose in his prime

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Derrick Rose was a scary sight in his prime. Ferociously dunking and putting everyone on the posters, Rose wasn't someone guards loved to play against. Even former NBA players Gilbert Arenas and John Lucas III acknowledged that, as we wrote recently.

Now we've heard about another proof that supports this thesis. Rip Hamilton said there was no one in the league that wanted to provoke Derrick Rose at the time.

"There's a lot of great point guards in our game right now. Westbrook, Steph, CP, Kyrie,… Listen, none of them dudes wanted no smoke with Derrick Rose during the Derrick Rose era."

Rip Hamilton, via All The Smoke

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