Derrick Rose explains why he thinks he’s the best player in the league to MTV
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Comedian Sean Green from MTV’s Guy Code blog interviewed Derrick Rose at the D Rose 4 event this past weekend to talk about the D Rose 4 shoe, upcoming season and why he thinks he’s the best player in the league.
You’re coming off an injury, but you’ve also bulked up. Are you expecting the same number of drives to the hoop?
I’m really trying to have a game where you pick your poison. If you let me shoot, I’m going to shoot. If your hands are down, I’m definitely going to shoot. Or, if you play me a certain way, I’m going to get to the lane or get to the hole and shoot my floater.
How would you define a successful season for the Chicago Bulls?
I mean, a championship, that’s everyone’s goal. But I think for us, coming together as quickly as possible as a team.
How will these shoes help the average guy, like 5’9″ with limited vertical ability, playing in a rec league?
[Laughs] You’re going to be balling. I’m telling you, man. You might get a D League contract, you never know. But really, I think it’s a comfortable shoe. If you’re playing in shoes that hurt your feet or twist your ankle numerous times, this is the shoe that’s going to prevent that.
What has fatherhood done for you?
I think my son came at the right time. I didn’t have to worry about the criticism and the media because I was so caught up in him. He takes my mind off everything when I’m with him. Just trying to do the opposite of what my dad did for me, and I think I’ll become a good parent.
Do you consider yourself the best player in the league?
I believe so. I believe if you’re any franchise player, any pro athlete and you don’t believe you’re the best player in the league, the owner should fire you or you should retire. You should have that confidence that you’re the best — or you want to be the best — or you shouldn’t be playing that sport or doing what you’re doing.
One person that agrees with Rose about Rose is Mark Wahlberg.