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Derrick Rose reveals what Allen Iverson gave him the ‘freedom’ to do

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Derrick Rose says Allen Iverson gave him the “freedom” to play reckless during his younger days with the Chicago Bulls.

Rose, the youngest MVP in NBA history, believes he and Iverson attack the rim differently than other guards.

During the 2010-11 season with his hometown Bulls, Derrick Rose averaged 25.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game while leading the Bulls to the best record in the NBA. He won the MVP award and was arguably the most athletic point guard in NBA history during his prime.

Allen Iverson won the MVP award in 2001 with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Answer put up 31.1 points, 3.8 boards and 4.6 assists a night and led the Sixers all the way to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.

Since winning his MVP award with the Bulls, Rose has undergone four knee surgeries and been traded twice. While he’s no longer a superstar in the NBA and a violent driver and finisher at the rim, Rose is still one of the better guards in the league. He no longer plays recklessly and has more control in his game now. The Chicago native averaged 18.1 points per game for the Detroit Pistons in 2019-20 and shot a career-high 49.0 percent from the field.

NBA fans will always miss MVP Rose since he played every game like it was his last and drove to the rim with no fear. However, the injuries have taught Rose how to play at a slower pace now and it’s helped him stay in the league.

Rose, a three-time All-Star, is still really explosive and a brilliant finisher at the rim despite the four knee surgeries. He just picks and chooses his spots now instead of always playing recklessly as he did during his younger days.

Now 32, Rose has career NBA averages of 18.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists.