Wizards’ Isaiah Thomas believes ex-MVP Derrick Rose is a Hall of Famer ‘in my book’
Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas knows more than anyone the feeling of being looked over. After Derrick Rose’s self-deprecating declaration, he voiced out his support for the Detroit Pistons guard.
He replied to a tweet regarding the former MVP’s claim that he deserves a spot in the Hall Of Fame. He reaffirmed Rose’s sentiments and considers him worthy of joining the elite company of basketball players.
You get MVP you automatically in the Hall of fame in my book https://t.co/Fqire52cBl
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) September 7, 2019
Rose talked on the Stephen A. Smith show and explained why he feels he did enough to justify a spot at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
"I am a Hall of Famer. Not in everyone's eyes but to the people I grew up with. I made it. I executed."
Derrick Rose on his HOF status. pic.twitter.com/TrOGwoD1HU
— Chris Montano (@gswchris) September 6, 2019
Everyone agrees that Rose is the biggest “What if?” in the NBA. However, he voiced out his side of the story and explains why he deserves the HOF nod.
He shared that he was burdened with expectations since he was 12 or 13 and managed to deliver despite that. The fact that he is still managing to get meaningful minutes off the bench tells a lot about Rose’s talent.
He managed to rejuvenate his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. In 27 minutes of action, he got 18 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists a night on 48% shooting. He is now playing for a Detroit Pistons team that has two excellent bigs in Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond.
Meanwhile, Isaiah Thomas is no stranger to adversity himself. He entered the league a huge underdog as the last pick of the 2011 Draft. With his 5’9″ frame, nobody believed that he would make it. He endured failed stints in Sacramento and Phoenix before catching a break in Boston.
In his two-and-a-half seasons with the team, he averaged 24.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and a steal every game. He got called to the All-Star team during his stay in the TD Garden.
He may not have found that spark again after his injury as he is now in his fourth team in three years, but Thomas understands more than anyone what it takes to survive in the league. He has nothing but respect for Rose for what he’s done and achieved in his injury-plagued career.