Derrick Rose interviews are hard to come by these days, especially coming off a season in which he didn’t play as he rehabbed from a torn ACL he suffered in the 2012 playoffs. He rarely spoke to the media and when he did it was guaranteed to make headlines. Deeming himself 100% healthy and ready for next season, DRose has infiltrated himself back into the public eye – most recently appearing overseas to promote his signature shoe and apparel line with adidas. Speaking candidly with Hoopsfix in a rare sit-down interview, Rose expresses his desire to be an “icon” and his “new beginning” coming off the injury as he strives to “actually do something no other player ever did.”
Here are some of the stand-out quotes, and video of the interview in full.
Hoopsfix: What has been the most memorable moment in your career…has there been any particular standout performance that you look back on?
Rose: I try to forget about that, to tell you the truth. I look at my YouTube videos sometimes just to see how I play. But, it’s a new beginning for me. Like, I could actually do something that no other player ever did. I know there is going to be a lot of attention on me next year, and for a player that’s trying to become an icon, that’s the stage that you live for. So, I’m going to take advantage of it.
Hoopsfix: Who do you look up to in the league?
Rose: Oh, I don’t look up to nobody in the league…It’s different when [you're in college and] you’re watching a guy on TV and then the next year you have to play against that guy. You can’t be scared. You can’t go out there shaking his hand and wanting to be his friend and then try to play against him, it don’t add up. Especially when you’re being competitive and he’s being competitive…you’re just trying to find that edge on that person. And, who knows? That edge could be you shaking his hand, and for the rest of your career he knows that he’s got you because of that handshake.
Hoopsfix asks DRose about his critics.
Rose: For me, I could care less what people say about me. If anything, I know who I am as a person. I know the people around me and the people that I trust – I know they’re always in my corner and I’m always in their corner. At the end, it’s just really me and my family, so I could care less what people say about me.