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.”
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?