Rose has been in impressive form so far in pre-season.
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has the “it” factor and will be a huge presence this season according to Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.
Durant spent time working out with Rose this summer in Los Angeles and has admitted that the two superstars are good friends.
However, despite criticism from sections of the media and supporters last season, he had no doubt that his rival would come back the same player he was before his injury.
“There’s just certain players that have that ‘it,'” Durant said before Wednesday night’s preseason game against the Bulls according to ESPN.
“And he’s one of them. A guy that is not going to be denied no matter what injury, bad games, whatever, he’s just going to always bring it. So I knew [his comeback] would be like this.”
Rose has displayed the same speed and explosiveness in getting to the rim as he did before sustaining a torn ACL just over 18 months ago, and he appears to be regaining his confidence in taking contact.
Durant went on to state that great players will always put in overtime during the off-season particularly if they are coming off the back of an injury, and that “you have got to love a player like that” as it is clear that Rose has been working hard.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks was equally as complimentary of the point guard, admitting that he has no doubt that he will be part of the MVP conversation at the end of the season, and also paying tribute to modern day medical efforts to help players recover from serious injuries.