Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose recently ran into Drew Gooden, who was his teammate on the Chicago Bulls during his rookie season. Gooden told Rose that the former MVP, who is now a Sixth Man contributor with the Pistons, is just like Hall of Famer Jason Kidd.
“[Gooden said], ‘Man, you’re going to be like JKidd, play 16 or 17 years. Because you’re changing the game and being effective,’ ” Rose told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. “That meant a lot to me, just hearing him say that. I’m doing something right and just knowing I’ll never be the last one so I’ve got to create a blueprint for the next guy, like man you can get through it, you’ve just got to change your mentality and your perspective.”
Jason Kidd is one of the best points guards in NBA history. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. Kidd has career averages of 12.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists.
Derrick Rose is hoping to win a championship like Kidd did with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. An NBA title is the only thing left for the Pistons guard to accomplish, as the Chicago native is a former Rookie of the Year, MVP and three-time All-Star.
Rose, who signed a two-year deal with the Pistons this past summer, was able to hold his own whenever he played against Kidd. Rose went 3-2 in his career versus Kidd and averaged 24.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 7.6 assists. Kidd, meanwhile, put up 6.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.2 assists in five games against D-Rose.
The youngest MVP in NBA history, Rose is averaging 16.7 points and 5.9 assists with the Pistons this season. He's shooting 49.1 percent from the field, 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 87.7 percent from the free-throw line.