Chicago’s Derrick Rose played only 10 NBA games the last two seasons due to injuries. He’s playing full-time this season, however it seems that he has lost some of his explosiveness, and is starting to look like a different player. Rose was the NBA MVP in 2010-2011.
Former NBA star, TNT analyst Charles Barkley believes Rose might be able to get back to being an All-Star player, but his MVP days are long behind him.
“Derrick Rose has to realize he’s not the MVP anymore. As much as I like Rose, he has been the MVP, he hasn’t played basketball in two years. He played the game with a lot of explosion. He doesn’t have that anymore,” Barkley said on Inside the NBA.
“You can sense there’s an internal conflict going on, because mentally he wants to be the MVP. He might get back to being an All-Star, but he can never be MVP again,” Barkley said.
Former star said Rose is also not ready to “pass the torch and share it,” adding that Rose should be using his Bulls teammates more – Pau Gasol and Jimmy Butler.
“You have to adjust, because it sucks when you cant do the stuff you used to do,” Barkley said. “You yave to check your ego at the door. When he was MVP he was the one-man-crew, but now he has to adjust.”
At the beginning of the season, Barkley also spoke on Derrick Rose, and at the time said that the Bulls star needs to stay healthy long-term.
“Rose is a great person and a great player, but he’s got to stay healthy. Rose has to play good not just for one or two months, he’s got to stay healthy for 82 reg season games, and playoffs as well,” Barkley said at the time.
Barkley, an 11-time All-Star, was named one of the NBA’s all-time 50 greatest players in 1993, the same year he won the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
Hall of Famer Barkley competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and won 2 gold medals. He holds career NBA averages of 22.1 ppg and 11.7 rpg in 36.7 minutes on the court. Barkley played in 1073 NBA games, starting in 1012 of them.
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