Monday, May 23, 2011

Is Derrick Rose The Next Jordan?

Derrick Rose is the youngest player in the history of the NBA to win an MVP trophy and has single handedly carried the Bulls on his back all season. The Chicago native is a pillar in the community and an example of what can happen when preparation meets opportunity. In a short time Derrick Rose has elevated his skills from a decent point guard with athleticism to a dominant player that can take over a game at any given moment. The more I watch the playoffs the more Derick Rose reminds me of Michael Jordan.

Before you critics and cynics get carried away with yourselves the resemblance is not on the court. I don't mean their games are similar or that Derrick Rose is capable of winning 6 championships. The resemblance comes during the time outs. Derrick Rose is in every other commercial. Just like Jordan he has become the straw that stirs the drink. He's a trailblazer that follows the beat of a different drummer. He does his own thing as opposed to following in the footsteps of others.

Instead of drinking Gatorade he drinks Powerade. Instead of wearing Nike he wears Adidas. When everyone else is pitching Big Macs for McDonald's you might see Derrick with a $5 foot long or a whopper with cheese. The President of the United States even considers him a personal friend. Just like Michael Jordan Derrick Rose isn't a businessman, he's a business, man! The endorsements keep rolling in because he has become synonymous with winning and greatness. It's obvious corporate America sees him as the future of the NBA.

Derrick is a humble, soft spoken, likeable superstar. His persona off the court is a stark contrast to his competitive nature on the hardwood. If he continues to play great basketball and contends for championships every year there's no reason to believe Derrick Rose won't become a global icon. Stay tuned.

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