Next focus: Get to the line
Against Oklahoma City in the opener, he made at least three reverse layups by hanging in the air (not that anyone humanly can) and maneuvering past opponents. He says that needs to stop.
Do you believe him when he said avoiding layups needs to stop?
''I'm trying to change it now where instead of avoiding the contact and hitting crazy shots, I'm trying to get fouled and go to the free-throw line,'' he said. ''It's kind of weird for me right now getting used to it, but it's coming along.''
I'm glad to finally read this quote, but I kind of don't want Derrick to stop with his acrobatic layups because he is very efficient in scoring around the basket. If he needs to draw a foul, there's plenty of ways to generate contact without changing the way he attacks the rim. Various players that are efficient in going to the line knows how to sell a foul and if you are on the opposing team, it is irritating to watch because we might consider it unfair or cheating.
Bottom line is, Derrick needs to be more vocal and let the refs know that he is getting fouled so the refs will look for the contact next time much closer. I'm not saying that Derrick needs to start complaining to the officials and become a whiny player, but he just needs to be more vocal talking to the officials to get their awareness. Is there even a balance with being vocal and being a whiny complainer? I'm not sure. If Derrick only starts utilizing pump fakes to get a defender up in the air, he can bait them for a foul.
If you want to generate more fouls attacking the basket, 2 NON SUPERSTARS that sticks out to me that are not getting superstar calls, but just knows how to sell a foul is Corey Maggette and Andre Miller. Corey Maggette's foul calls are mainly from penetration and he knows how to lower his shoulder without it being a charge, and understands how to draw contact efficiently. Andre Miller is just a smart veteran that understands the game and has a high basketball IQ to be effective.
INSTEAD OF UP AND UNDER REVERSE LAYUPS, I PREFER FOR DERRICK TO DUNK MORE AND ATTACK THE BASKET LIKE DWYANE WADE WITH LESS RECKLESSNES. FORGET ABOUT TRYING TO GET CONTACT WHILE ATTEMPTING A LAYUP; JUST DUNK IT!!!
The bottom line and the point of this article is Derrick Rose is finally making an effort to get to the line more and it is a start to becoming a complete player. It seems that every year, he is always working on a weakness and he is attempting to turn it into a strength. Derrick Rose reminds me of a certain Chicago Bulls Superstar from our past. I'm glad that we have a Franchise Player again.