Derrick Rose’s 50-point game is Kevin Love, Danny Green, Collin Sexton’s favorite decade moment
When Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose scored 50 points last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the former MVP cried during his postgame interview since he has been through so much in his career.
Since becoming the youngest MVP in NBA history back in 2011 with the Chicago Bulls, Rose has undergone four knee surgeries, one eye procedure and an elbow surgery. Rose was traded twice and waived by the Utah Jazz. He was on the open market for weeks before Tom Thibodeau signed him for the rest of the 2017-18 season in March.
Rose’s 50-point game was an inspiration for everyone who is dealing with adversity. The three-time All-Star got praise from seemingly every NBA player after that game.
That night still resonates with some guys even today, as Kevin Love, Danny Green and Collin Sexton say Rose’s 50-point game is their favorite moment from this decade, via NBA.com:
“D-Rose, I’ve known Derrick since I was, I think, 11 years old, 12 years old,” Love said. “After all that he had gone through. I saw him here [in Cleveland], played against him when he was an MVP, was with him on world championship teams [with Team USA], known his family for a long time. To see that, him coming back and having a 50-point game after all that he had been through was super emotional and positive. I’m trying to think of all the moments like that that stick out.”
“D-Rose coming back and scoring 50,” Green said. “Seeing him come back and go play at a high level from injuries. It’s always great to see certain guys come back from major injuries and still do some great things. Everybody’s been a big fan of Derrick. To see him come back and play the way he’s playing right now is probably one of the best moments.”
“You could just tell. He was crying after that game because he just left it all out there on the floor,” Sexton said. “Even though he’s still playing I would say Derrick Rose’s moment was one that really meant a whole lot just because of all his injuries and all that extra stuff that was going on with him.”
Rose is now on the Pistons and having another productive season coming off the bench. The Chicago native is averaging 16.5 points and 6.0 assists for the Pistons while shooting 48.3 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 86.9 percent from the free-throw line.