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Derrick Rose: The Redemption Season

The NBA season has been exciting up to this point. There are teams such as the Denver Nuggets or even the Milwaukee Bucks who have exceed their expectations. The Nuggets are second in the Western Conference with a record of 29-14 and look to be playoff bound after barely missing the playoffs last season. The Bucks are second in the Eastern Conference with a record of 31-12. Giannis Antetokounmpo is helping the Bucks become a top team of the East. Certain teams have exceeded their expectations, but so have certain players, for example, Minnesota Timberwolves’ guard Derrick Rose.

Rose scores 10,000th career point

On Tuesday, Derrick Rose scored his 10,000th career point against the Philadelphia 76ers. He drove to the basket for a layup late in the third quarter, which gave Rose the 10,000th point in his carer. Rose finished this game with 15 points. The Timberwolves lost this game 149-107, but Rose’s accomplishment was one of few positives in this game.

Rose’s 2018-2019 season

This season, Rose averages 18.8 points and 4.8 assists, while also shooting a career-high 46.8 percent from three. He is a key player off the Timberwolves’ bench. He joined the Timberwolves on Mar. 8 of last season, playing a total of nine games with them before the season ended. Then, he re-signed with the Timberwolves on July 4, 2018. Since then, Rose has had an impressive season.

On October 31, Rose had his career high in points, scoring 50 in a 128-125 win. His performance helped the Timberwolves beat the Utah Jazz. It was Rose’s first start of the season and he stepped up to the task.

Derrick Rose celebrating his 50-point game (Image Courtesy of Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY)

Then, Rose had another noteworthy game this season. He scored 24 points and had eight assists in a win over the Chicago Bulls. This was his second career game against his former team. Rose, a Chicago native, received MVP chants in this game. He also has earned All-Star votes from fans ranking second for Western Conference guards in votes. Rose has a total of 1,986,840 votes with Steph Curry being the only West guard with more votes. Rose’s season has been a treat for both Rose and fans alike.

Redemption

Most fans are familiar with the story of Rose. Rose was the first pick of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. Rose was not only one of the best prospects of his class but also a Chicago native. Rose and the Bulls were an ideal match. Rose won Rookie of the Year in 2009 and the MVP award in 2011. Rose’s career looked promising, but injuries affected his career. After his stint with the Bulls, Rose joined the New York Knicks in 2016. He also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers for part of last season, looking like a shell of his former self.

Rose has had ups and downs but this season is a turnaround. Overall, this is a good season for Rose and it could continue. While he may not be the former MVP Rose, this Rose is both for and about redemption. Fans have enjoyed each moment.

 

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