When asked about any lingering fears from witnessing Paul George’s harrowing leg injury during a Team USA exhibition game, Derrick Rose said his faith helps him overcome any concerns about getting hurt. Rose also likes the Chicago Bulls’ chances to compete for an NBA title next season. Per the Chicago Sun-Times and CSN Chicago:

“No, I have no fears. I have faith,’’ Rose said defiantly, when asked about his own basketball mortality. “I know that I’m going to be fine. I know that I busted my ass the entire two summers. You can say two seasons to get back to where I am right now. And just try and keep it moving, stay positive every day, do everything consistent like I’ve been doing.’’

 

What he’s been doing has been an eye-opener for the Bulls, as well as Team USA, as the 2011 MVP continued to look like the guy who carried a franchise before his knees betrayed him. [...] “Every time I step on the floor it’s something to prove,’’ Rose said. “I have my own little goals in my head, I have my own little things that motivate me in my head that I keep to myself. But every time I step on the floor I try to produce.’’

 

“I think we have a solid team. We’re definitely contenders in the East. But we know it’s a long year and we have to jell pretty quickly, knowing that we’re not going overseas like we did at the beginning of the season with Brazil last year. I think we’re going to be here so we get a lot of time here to really go at it in training camp,” Rose said. “I don’t know. I can’t get caught up into that. It’s not about being a favorite team. It’s about winning games, no matter what it takes.”