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There are no 'what if's' for Derrick Rose


NBA is a carefully directed league, but a genuine, raw story pops up every once in a while. A story that doesn't need polishing from the PR sector. So the real ones won't forget Halloween 2018.

On a night where people like to dress as someone else, Derrick Rose turned the clock back to his prime days and went as - himself. Rose put up career-high 50 points for Minnesota against the Utah Jazz, including a decisive block on Utah's Dante Exum's final shot that could've pushed the game into overtime. A truly magical night in which every one of us was crying our hearts out for that great guy. Even now, I feel like breaking a tear or two.

But that wasn't the Derrick Rose that we all know; all those knee injuries derailed his career and took us away from a chance for witnessing that MVP guy from Chicago days. When he put up 50, there weren't any of that vicious dunks, explosions to the hoop, and speed-lighting crossovers. That night was all about Rose showing us how he worked around those injuries – reading the game and making the right decisions after pick and roll, sinking pull-up jumpers and scoring from deep. Reinventing kept him in the league. So for Rose, there are no what if's.

"People hit me with that label of being the biggest what-if. Like, what? I look at that differently. I look at that vice versa. Like totally different. If I didn't go through that, I wouldn't have scratched who I am right now. I would've been so brainwashed. It's nothing wrong with chasing your dream, and I'm not trying to hate or anything like that, but for myself, I had to figure out who I was. My path was hard, my path was pain, but everybody's is different, and I was able to get through that.", said rose to Eric Woodyard from Undefeated

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It seems like DRose accepted his role. But it is still unclear he will be staying in Detroit or not. Rose was linked with some contenders, like LA Lakers, but the Pistons are not moving him. If he doesn't get traded, Rose will be one of the most experienced guys in this young Pistons' squad. And he will be a mentor to Motown's seventh overall pick Killian Hayes.

"You've got to adapt. That's why I always throw Kobe in it. He always adapted. He looked at the game and what the kids were doing. Like, 'Oh, you all are Euroing now? All right, let me gone ahead and add that Euro to my game.' He didn't change his game totally, but he took the little pieces that they added to the game, and that's how he was able to withstand all them years"

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Those who are still wondering will there be an incarnation of O.G. Rose, that is out of the question. The 32-year old is way past that chapter. His focus is on helping young players and just enjoying the game. As long as he's in the league, we won't mind

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