Bucher's ESPN the Mag Article on D.Rose

I know not everyone gets Insider and I haven't seen a link to this piece yet on the site so I thought you guys might like giving it a read. I really liked it. Obviously it's another one of those pieces ESPN has been churning out on the D.Rose bandwagon but this is by Bucher and he was one of the few people who was building the D.Rose hype early in the year when everyone else was taking turns shitting on D.Rose.

Anyways I thought I'd share some quotes in the article I found interesting.

Chicago, of course, hasn't suffered as a city like Cleveland has, but Rose's goal of restoring his hometown's luster may be even more daunting. After all, no player in NBA history has shouldered a town like Michael Jordan. How could anyone do it again? The bar for success in Chicago is so high that most stars -- from Grant Hill to Tim Duncan to LeBron -- have passed on trying, knowing that taking on MJ's legacy is a losing proposition. "Derrick made no bones about wanting to be here," says Bulls executive John Paxson. "That tells you something about him right there."

Where some see a shadow, Rose sees an opening. "The way I look at it is, What would happen if you could pass him? How big could you be?" Rose says. "It would be crazy. It would be amazing if you could just get close."

How awesome is that one? I think I've seen that one somewhere else before but damn I love it even more considering the season he's been having. Love that point of view he has.

Interestingly, Rose doesn't display that fearlessness with a flexed pose or postdunk primal roar. It simply radiates off him. It's why an East All-Star squad that included LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Amar'e Stoudemire and Dwight Howard voted Rose as its captain. And why, despite a quiet 11 points and five assists in an East squad loss, he alone heard chants of "M-V-P!" from an LA crowd as he stood at the free throw line. And maybe even why his first signature shoe outsold LeBron's.

Did any of you guys know this? I never heard about any of this. Was D.Rose really voted captain? And how awesome is it that his damn shoe outsold LeBron's?

It's Brenda to whom Rose blows a kiss just prior to tip-off at every home game. Before Rose's rookie season, when an Adidas executive asked a group of new signees what they hoped to accomplish their first year, most spoke of statistics or awards. Rose said: "Make my mama happy and my city proud."

That's awesome. I would love to know what some of the other guys said, like Beasley for example. I laugh at the thought of what numbers Beasley must have thought he was going to average coming in.

But yeah those are just some of the quotes in the article that stuck out to me. The piece as a whole was a real nice read I thought so I provided a link to copied and pasted version below. (I would copy and paste the whole damn thing here but I'm not sure if that's allowed.)

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