Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 12:34 pm  |  18 responses

SLAM Radio: Knowing Derrick Rose

It’s a Bull market once again.

Derrick Rose

by Ryne Nelson

We met at a laid-back Playstation party in Phoenix last February when I was working on a feature that’s now on your local newsstand. Rose just finished playing the 2K9 version of the Skills Challenge. He went through it thrice and improved by 30 seconds each time. Using the game to plan his own handle for the real Skills Challenge that evening, he trotted through with a resounding win.

Instead of re-running the article called “Sweet Home Chicago” — headlined after the tattoo on his left wrist — here’s our uncut conversation from that afternoon. I also spoke with Derrick’s coach, friend and mentor, John Calipari. That veteran poise everyone talks about now in the Playoffs — Cal and I talked about it as well. You can’t avoid the topic when piecing together this young man’s puzzle.

A Rose grew from the concrete pavement of the inner city. It doesn’t happen often. But it did, and you can be sure it’s of a different breed than the rest.

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  • Superman Osman

    I like the Makaveli reference. Nobody ever answered my question about this atricle. What are the sweets “Pooh” hooked on before the game? Nice work SLAMradio. What’s up Ryne

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Osman, Derrick used to be a gummy bear addict. But he’ll eat any candy. Twizzlers are another big one.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    This is something different, Ryne. I like it much.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    How can anyone not love Derrick Rose? Seriously? We need more Slamradio, Ryne. Tell Caputo that we’re gonna miss him.

  • Justin

    I really like DRose, and have since his days at Simeon (not too many days ago, I guess) and believe that he could have averaged damn near 40 if he wanted to. Love his vision too. With that said, I would hate to start buying in to anything Calipari said without the same filter I would give to used car dealers. How long yall think til 1st recruiting violation at UK?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Justin, I don’t think you’re giving Cal a fair chance. You know Rose wouldn’t have committed to play *anywhere* if there was a lot of action on the side. It’s just the way Derrick is… he just wants to win and doesn’t care about anything else. Cal and recruit, and he recruits properly, IMO.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Awesome. Thanks Ryne.

  • Dionisio

    Really cool to listen how these interviews are conducted. Listening to the entire thing; it wasn’t a surprise when Rose compared himself to just Steve Francis during the last minute.

  • Enigmatic

    This is the most I ever heard him talk. And I been a fan of him since his Simeon days!

  • Enigmatic

    Did Calipari say “his reaction skill is off the chain”??? I concur!

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    i likes steve franchise… its sad thats he’s gone, i kinda wish portland woulda kept him, but i doubt he woulda done much.
    i liked this a lot Ryne, keep up the great work.

  • El Gee

    Way to drop some knowledge on us, Rye-bread (can i call you Rye-Bread?). Keep ‘em coming.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Nice Ryne. I spent a few days with Rose’s Memphis team on campus before the start of his lone season in the Mid-South and Cal mentioned that all Rose ever ate was candy, nothing healthy. But like Ryne, I have a much higher opinion of Cal than most; in every facet of the coaching game.

  • http://www.droseroy.com airs

    my homeboy!
    i wish my metabolism would let me eat all the candy i wanted..

  • Zach E

    As a Kentucky fan. I’m glad they got Calipari. And as a huge Chicago fan, i love Derrick Rose. Great player and we need to keep him

  • HINrichPolice

    Thanks for posting the audio to the video. It gives me a greater appreciation for the wonderful article you put together. Rose is so likable. It was great to hear Calipari’s thoughts as well.

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