Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  22 responses

Derrick Rose on the Playoffs: ‘My Body Wore Down’

Derrick Rose has begun to get over the disappointment of the Chicago Bulls’ Playoff flameout against the Miami Heat, and he’s working to make sure that whenever the next season begins, he’ll be physically and mentally ready from the start to the finish. From Yahoo! Sports: “Rose validated his MVP credentials during the playoffs, playing as well as anyone in the first two rounds. Quietly, however, he was dealing with troublesome wrist and back injuries, in addition to the left ankle sprain he suffered in the first round against the Indiana Pacers. Rose had become used to simply putting on an ankle brace and playing whenever he had previously sprained an ankle. This time, he required an hour worth of treatment before each game. After averaging 29.8 points and nine assists in the second round of the playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks, Rose’s scoring dipped to 23.4 points per game on 35 percent shooting in the East finals as the Bulls lost to the Heat in five games. Rose now says he should have been in better shape to handle the strain of the postseason. ‘I just learned from last season where my conditioning wasn’t up to par at the end of the season,’ Rose said. ‘That’s what I’m working on this summer, getting my conditioning right. There was just fatigue. My body wore down. Just going through the rounds, the first time being there past the first round, it was hard. I’m just learning from it.’ The rest after the season has restored Rose’s health. Teammate Luol Deng also has taught him about the importance of stretching. And Rose knows he’ll face a tougher challenge next season. Because of the success LeBron James had guarding Rose in the conference finals, the MVP expects more teams to use bigger defenders against him. While it was clear Rose lacked much offensive help in the East finals, he refused to blame his struggles on teammates. He says he needs to improve his shooting, lower his turnovers, finish stronger at the rim and draw more fouls. In his first workout since the season ended, he joined Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and trainer Rob McClanaghan on Monday for an hour of intense shooting drills. Despite the layoff, he shot well, appeared to be in good shape and didn’t have any injury worries.”

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  • dahon

    improve your D..D-rose

  • MLK4Life

    His body wore down because he had no one else around him who could create on the floor. The Bulls would be doing themselves and DRose a disservice if they do not find someone to fill that role. If they would have had an OJ Mayo type of player they would have gotten past the Heat especially with the poor series DWade had.

  • T-Money

    “Rose validated his MVP credentials during the playoffs, playing as well as anyone in the first two rounds.” that’s kind of stretching the truth. he did deserve the MVP but his play in the first 2 rounds didn’t validate anything.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It’s not like dude was shooting a stellar percentage during the first two rounds anyway, so his shot didn’t all of a sudden disserted him vs the Heat. It was being guarded by a supreme defender who was taller, stronger and just as fast as him that was the problem. Remember a rookie in PGeorge had some success guarding Rose in the 1st round, so it seems like bigger, more athlete players is the keying to slowing down Rose. The problem for the rest of the L is that not many teams have guys like Bron and George who have the size and length to disrupt Rose’s shot while still have the speed and athleticism to stay with him.

  • LP

    No, I think his body definitely wore down. I think it was more Rose than Lebron playing great defense, to be honest. Paul George definitely didn’t slow Derrick Rose down in the first series. Rose had him on skates the whole series, I watched it all. He hurt his ankle, remember…

  • MLK4Life

    Rose didn’t need to validate anything. His postseason play is unrelated to a regular season award.

  • Rog23

    That’s what happens when your pg is not a pass first player. He can overwork himself at times. He’s a great athlete, but he’s more of a 2 guard running the point. So he overcomes his inability to create for others by scoring like crazy. He needs to control his energy. He has some good talent on that bulls team, he just needs to work on getting them easy shots like an mvp pg should.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    “Teammate Luol Deng also has taught him about the importance of stretching.” You mean no one else has ever brought that to him before now?

  • Oh Nose

    Can’t wait to see what kind of “leap” Derrick will make this off-season.

  • LA Huey

    I’m sure carrying the load all season wore on him. All those little bruises and bumps add up. His performance in the ECF has to be attributed to a combo of Miami’s team D, LeBron’s D, and the wear and tear. Also, who thinks using “bigger defenders against him” will work? How many dudes in the L are as big, strong, and quick as LBJ?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    “more of a 2 guard running the point”
    Sigh. People are still clueless…

  • T-Money

    derrick rose is not a 2-guard, period. he never plays off the ball (unlike russ westbrook who really played the 2 at ucla). derrick rose needs the ball in his hands to be effective, which makes him a scoring one. it’s not because you score that you’re a 2, gilbert arenas is another good example of someone that is not a 2.

  • Rog23

    @Enigmatic: Rose is playing the pg spot because of his quickness and lack of height to guard the majority of todays shooting guards. Much like how lebron is a natural pg , yet he plays sf the majority off the time due to his size and strength. not a knock on him at all. Actually a compliment on his work ethic to improve the skills needed to be an elite pg

  • All Day

    It was D-Rose’s first playoff run so I’m not surprised he wore down…he will learn from that experience and become stronger physically and mentally.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Rog23 – I’ve been battling with cats about this since he came in the league. Rose IS NOT, and HAS NEVER BEEN a shooting guard or combo guard, like T-Money said Rose doesn’t play off the ball, and he creates well for others.
    Y’all act like scoring point guards are a new thing. They been around forever.
    If Rose is a “2-guard playing the point” so was Bob Cousy. Since both put up a lot of shots and score/scored a lot.

  • MLK4Life

    Derrick is not a two guard. This is a guy who would have to be pushed to score in high school. He’s a real PG. Can’t believe Skip Bayless is influencing people’s ideas about basketball lol

  • All Day

    D-Rose is a PG. Anyone who thinks otherwise don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.

  • http://www.Slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Definitely think his body wore down, you could just tell. Especially after that series with the pacers, they were giving him some hard playoff fouls and he injured his ankle. He definitely still needs to improve shooting wise but the bulls have to add at least one guy who can create his own shot consistently.

  • LP

    Derrick Rose can actually pass, i know you guys didn’t actually get to see it in the playoffs…you will def see more of it when he gets older and loses an inch and a step…he is a PG. Westbrook is a 2 guard.

  • stayweird38

    Derrick rose is my boy he only gonna get better he’s young his 3rd season in the league and he already owns. Wait till he hits his prime.. people saying he isn’t a point guard are stupid you don’t know ish about basketball drose is a shoot first POINT GUARD. I can’t wait to see him or MELO get a ring before LeQUEEN James HAHAHAHAHA

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @Enigmatic Man, Cousy could never be a 2 guard playing the point…..his shooting was worse than Rajon Rondo. But you still bring up a great point. Derrick Rose is definitely a PG. “2-guard playing the point”? That describes Allen Iverson,who played both point and shooting guard alternately, not Derrick Rose.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/07/derrick-rose-on-the-playoffs-my-body-wore-down/ jmack

    everyone seems to forget that rose played all summer 2 in the world championships and help bring home the gold