Derrick Rose has dealt with more adversity in his NBA career than most MVPs have. After leaving the Chicago Bulls where his NBA stardom began, the New York Knicks acquired him for one below-average year and then was signed to the Cleveland Cavaliers, only to take a leave of absence from the team before he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. His old coach from his time in Chicago, Tom Thibodeau currently coaching the Timberwolves, never lost faith in the once ultra-dominant scoring point guard and has tried to revive what Rose has left in the tank in Minnesota.
In a game where star Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler sat out, Rose picked up the slack against the visiting Utah Jazz scoring a career-high 50 points in a 128-125 win over one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference. His 50-point night tied the second-most points scored by an NBA player on Halloween. Rose’s dominant performance reminded fans of what the 2010-11 Rose once was. In the post game interview, Rose was brought to tears in what was undoubtedly an emotional night for the NBA journeyman. Rose is averaging 18.8 points per game this season, the most since 2011, the last season before he suffered a torn ACL. As fans of basketball, we can only hope to see Derrick Rose’s success continue and for him to remain injury free.