Do you miss being that MVP player? Derrick Rose: No. I know I could become better. … I was a dumb player at the time. Q: Then how did you get to become MVP? Derrick Rose: I was reckless. … I wasn’t being smart. I wish I never dunked the ball. … I was playing too fast, I wasn’t changing up my speeds. I wasn’t reading the game right. And I think my IQ of the game wasn’t as high as it is right now. I feel like I’m more in control. I’m more balanced.
Joerger compared Kuzminskas’ energy to that of former Utah Jazz All-Star Andrei Kirilenko. “But he as an energy to him that’s a little (Andrei) Kirilenko-ish where he’s like a big cutter, offensive rebounder, runs the floor, those kinds of things. So at that point, that was seven (or) eight years ago when he was a younger player, but I didn’t know if his skill level would get to be good enough to play. And he has, he’s really worked on his game.”
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John Calipari, what makes him Coach Cal? Derrick Rose: His personality. His will to win. I think this is with every man — his ego. He loves to have good teams. And when his teams are playing good, he creates an environment where it’s you-against-everyone. We were in Memphis, little Memphis, and he created the mentality where it was us-against-the-world. Q: Do you think he’ll ever come back to the NBA? Derrick Rose: I hope not. Q: Why? Derrick Rose: He has the world in his hands down there in Kentucky. I don’t see why he would leave, like the way Kentucky is treating him, and the freedom and the happiness he’s having … like his son is playing for his team. What more can you ask for?