Derrick Rose recently hit a game-winning jumper over the Phoenix Suns, but it wasn’t even one of his best.
Before joining the Minnesota Timberwolves last season, Derrick Rose had a lifetime of an emotional rollercoaster packed into about nine years. After averaging 20-plus points per game for three years in a row and winning an MVP, Rose tore both his right ACL and meniscus.
After years at the top, Rose had to settle for a reduced role and just simply not being what he was not long before. He played a season with the Knicks and 16 games with the Cavaliers before joining Minnesota last season.
Rose barely played in his nine games as a Timberwolf last season, but he has had a great impact this season — playing his best ball since his pre-injury Chicago days.
The old Rose shows himself more and more as the season goes on, as he did in a recent matchup between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns. Rose capped off a 29-point second half with a game-winning dagger.
During Rose’s tenure in Chicago, he had his fair share of game-winning shots and clutch shots in general. Back in his heyday, Rose was the guy to look to when it came down to getting a bucket at the end of the game — whether it be for the Bulls or the league in general. He was the guy getting the ball late and it produced a ton of great moments.
With Rose going back into his bag to hit a game-winner over the Suns, this felt like a great time to revisit those old memories of pre-injury Rose doing what he did.