Derrick Rose reveals how Kobe Bryant showed him how to adapt in the NBA
On the latest episode of the “Pushin’ Thru” podcast, Rose said Bryant played 20 years in the league because he adapted his game with the times.
Rose, the youngest MVP in NBA history, talked about how Bryant taught him how to adapt, which is why he has been able to stay in the league despite undergoing four knee surgeries and one elbow procedure since winning his MVP award with the Chicago Bulls in 2011.
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Derrick Rose is no longer that high-flying guard he was when he won the MVP award about a decade ago. The three-time NBA All-Star is now a more balanced basketball player, as he is able to score from all three areas of the court due to his improved jump shot.
With the Pistons in 2019-20, Rose averaged 18.1 points per game while shooting 49.0 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 87.1 percent from the free-throw line. NBA fans are so happy that Rose is playing well again after being out of the league for a little bit during the 2017-18 season after the Utah Jazz waived him.
One of the best players in league history, Kobe Bryant finished his Lakers career with averages of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists. The Black Mamba won five championships with the Lakers and two Finals MVPs.
After his athleticism started to wear off, Bryant relied more on his deadly jump shot and elite fundamentals. He’s universally recognized as the second-greatest shooting guard in NBA history behind only Michael Jordan.