Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose believes he’s playing the same kind of basketball he had prior to suffering injuries to both of his knees.
In an interview with Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, Rose expressed a great level confidence in his game after going through a series of setbacks that derailed his basketball career.
Rose, who is putting up 20.5 PER this February, thinks he’s finally back at doing things he used to do on the court.
“I just feel like I’m back,” Rose said in Friedell’s report. “I’m just out there playing. Whatever I can do to get my team a victory, that’s what I’m going to try to do. When I’m out there, they’re giving me midrange [shots], they’re giving me drives to the lane. Just mixing up my game and trying to play a solid game while I’m out there.”
Averaging 16.5 points, 4.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 32 minutes per game this season, Rose is certainly putting up better numbers compared to his production last season.
However, injuries, though minor ones, continue to be a concern for Rose this year. He recently skipped the Bulls last three games due to a sore hamstring, leaving the team without either of its two All-Star backcourt player (Jimmy Butler is still out with a knee injury).
Hoiberg, on the other hand, seems not to much concerned about Rose’s recent bouts with injuries, as long as his point guard continues to play at this level.
“That’s obviously a huge thing in this league with players, is playing with confidence,” Fred Hoiberg said. “And Derrick is playing with a high level of confidence right now. You can tell. The shots he was hitting at the end of the game the other night, he didn’t hesitate at all.
“He was getting that thing down the floor quickly and taking what the defense gave him. Again, that rhythm and confidence is such an important thing and Derrick has that.”