Derrick Rose is all in for Chicago, and whether he likes it or not, all eyes in the basketball world will be on Rose and the Bulls opening night.
The NBA did Rose no favors when they matched the Bulls up with the defending champion Miami Heat on banner night.
Rose for his part isn’t buying into the pressure, and seems to be taking his return in stride. During his first public appearance since the early part of the summer, Rose told fans and the media that he can’t wait to get back on the court.
“I’m feeling good,” Rose said Sunday following an event at the United Center to promote his latest basketball shoe. “Right now my legs are good. I’m just trying to stay positive and just keep my emotions from exploding knowing that the season is right around the corner.”
“I think the only thing that changed in my game is the confidence,” Rose said. “My confidence grew as a player and you’ll see that when I play.”
Rose says he’s confident the Bulls will have a great season, and now just wants to get back in the flow.
“It’s so many players that played hard last year, just trying to get to the playoffs and just trying to prove people wrong, and for me to come back, who knows when I’m going to get my rhythm?” Rose said. “It might take one game, it might take five games, 10 games, who knows?”
“I’m just trying to fit in with them, do my job, where my job is to come in and run the game and get them open shots and play aggressive,” Rose said. “So I think if the guys on the team know that and me knowing that, too, I think it’s going to be a smooth year and a smooth process.”