adidas Basketball – The Return of D Rose: Episode 6 – All In

To round out their recent Return of D Rose visual series, today we take a look at adidas Basketball’s sixth and final episode. During the clip, the Bulls point guard reflects on the documentary as well as his coinciding journey and immense fan support. Some of the more inspiring tweets related to Rose’s path to recovery were chosen to grace the footage, as they are shown throughout the on-hand aesthetic. Press play below to check out the final installment.

Thibodeau says Derrick Rose running, cutting, on schedule

In an almost reflexive manner, every time someone from the Bulls talks about Derrick Rose’s recovery they add “we’re not rushing him.” And they are not. But Tom Thibodeau said he expects to see the Bull’s MVP back this season, as he told Aggrey Sam of

“I do,” Thibodeau said prior to his team’s loss to visiting Boston. “He’s doing great. We have to be patient with it. He’s been very diligent. He’s in every day. He’s moving along. He started cutting. He’s been shooting for a while now. He’s feeling pretty good, so we just have to be patient. “It’s the next step for him, so everything is going according to plan. He’s not ahead of schedule, he’s not behind schedule. He’s exactly where he should be.”

The original timeline for Rose’s return had him back around the All-Star break in mid-February or maybe as late as March. Of course, once he returns it will still be a while — likely next season — before he gets back to being the same Rose we remember. It takes a while for guys to get all their strength back and, more importantly, really trust that knee again and not hesitate. But if you watched the Bulls loss to the Celtics Monday night, or really any of their games this season, the need for his offensive creation on that roster is painfully obvious. READ MORE…

NOTHING BUT NET: Derrick Rose, the Reluctant Superstar

THE ONCE QUIET BULLS STAR IS HAS FINALLY OPENED UP—AND EXPLAINS WHY HE DOESN’T LIVE FOR THE LIMELIGHT — With the NBA playoffs just days away and the chances of the Chicago Bulls faring as well as they have since the Jordan era, the spotlight has never shone brighter on homegrown star Derrick Rose. What a time for the reigning MVP and arguably the league’s brightest young star to be opening up about wanting a whole new profile. The 23-year-old Rose did just that in a recent GQ Magazine cover story detailing how he now views all the added attention his rising stardom has breed as “just boundaries.” “It gets on my nerves,” he added. I just can’t go out. People are like, ‘You can’t go here, you can’t go there, you got to let that person know where you’re going. It’s just weird. I’m never alone. Ever.” Such is the price one pays for the level of fame Rose has attained.  And if he actually gets the Bulls anywhere near the point where and all of Chicago dreams of this post season… well, let’s just say all that added attention and pressure Rose now feels will become even more par for the course. And yet, there’s no denying that Derrick Rose seems nothing like your typical athlete. Amid a landscape where the more color one projects, the more one comes to be saluted and revered, all he craves is isolation. “Chicago isn’t used to stardom,” Rose told GQ. “Back when Michael was here, everyone was used to actors and singers and people being at the games. But there’s been a drought since then, and even celebrities, they’ll stop here to film a movie and then pop right back out. They don’t know how to act toward celebrity. This life doesn’t fit my personality.” – By GLENN MINNIS

That’s not to say Rose isn’t appreciative of respectful of the life he’s come to lead. It’s just that he sometimes wishes it came with a disclaimer. Something to the effect: My life is still my life.  Can it all make for a few misunderstandings or misleadings about just how he is? Absolutely, like the evening of All-Star Game 2012 in Orlando when far more gregarious teammates LeBron James and Dwight Howard did the Dougie and gyrated and to huge applause as Rose sheepishly looked on— only to be roundly criticized later for not knowing when or how to play to an adoring crowd. Never that, Rose would have you know.  It’s just that, more often than not, he simply choses to move at the beat of his own drum.  “I can dance,” Rose later said. “But there’s a time and place for that and I don’t think it was right then and there.”

And then there are those who contend Rose’s somewhat subdued and demure nature could ultimately cost him a small fortune in potential endorsement deals. That he doesn’t seem savvy or shrewd enough in the ways of branding and marketing to take full advantage of being the undisputed go-to-guy in one of the world’s biggest and most lucrative markets. You would think the estimated $250 million lifetime endorsement deal he just inked with Adidas would speak for itself, not to mention the nearly $100 million more he recently snared upon re-upping for five years with his hometown Bulls. But hey, Derrick Rose isn’t sweating it. Doesn’t have the time. Not with the playoffs and the thrilling hope of leading his boyhood team to it first title in nearly 15-years squarely upon him.