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Derrick Rose looks to Jamal Crawford as inspiration

Timberwolves, Derrick Rose

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose has had a tough go through his NBA career after a meteoric rise to being crowned the league’s youngest MVP to seeing the lows of the many injuries that have plagued his career. While he’s not the player he was in his heyday, he’s taken comfort at seeing others succeed through the same injury like former teammate Jamal Crawford did early in his career after tearing his ACL in 2001.

Crawford and Rose spent less than a season together in 2017-18, but it was enough to exemplify Crawford’s veteran approach to the game and his resilience, despite taking a much-reduced role with the Timberwolves.

“The game got a hold on me,” Derrick Rose told Shams Charania of The Athletic. “I’m not going to put a cap on my career, I can’t do that. However, the game goes … it got a hold on me. I could easily walk away right now — I got kids, bro. I got a son, a daughter. I want to be able to tell them one day, ‘Shut up, I’m not trying to hear that.’ For real. I’m not trying to hear no complaining about anything. Handle your business; do what you want to do; man up, woman up, and do what you got to do.”

Rose is a family man, first and foremost, and he will inculcate the lessons of perseverance he’s learned through his NBA career to his kids, teaching them to battle through adversity just like Crawford did before becoming the player he is now.

“That’s how I feel about it, and that’s how I’m going to raise my kids,” said Derrick Rose. “It’s no excuses — you got everything that you have. Go out there, take the hard criticism even if it’s bullshit criticism, take it and act like you care and keep it moving.”