Pistons’ Derrick Rose Reveals How He’s Using Kobe Bryant’s Tricks to Remain Relevant to NBA

Published 12/10/2020, 11:59 AM EST
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DECEMBER 09: Derrick Rose #25 of the Detroit Pistons reacts against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half at the Smoothie King Center on December 09, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)


The Detroit Pistons kept themselves relatively busy this offseason by adding offense pieces to their team. One player that got tossed around during trade rumors most was Derrick Rose. However, as of now, he is staying put. This will be his second season with them and as the Pistons build a young team, Rose is ready to take up the veteran role.

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Rose’s career has seen a lot of ups and downs. While on one hand, he took the league by storm during his time with the Chicago Bulls in his early years. But though injuries and personal problems derailed his NBA career, he is still going strong.

The 32-year-old is still adding accolades to his resume. When he made his way to the Pistons in 2019, he was one of the first in that franchise to record 20 plus points seven times consecutively. His injuries have never stopped him from showing the kind of player he is.

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The Pistons have drafted a very talented young guard, Killian Hayes, in the offseason. Everyone sees plenty of potential in him, and what’s better than having a veteran like Derrick Rose to guide him?

Derrick Rose is open to adapting to roles

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As the new generation takes over, Rose states, “You’ve got to adapt. That’s why I always throw Kobe [Bryant] in it. He always adapted. He looked at what the game and what the kids were doing.

‘Like, ‘Oh, y’all are Euroing now? All right, let me gone ahead and add that Euro to my game.’ He didn’t change his game totally, but he took the little pieces that they added to the game and that’s how he was able to withstand all them years. I’m trying to do the same thing. I watch the shorties, I watch their workouts. I watch all that just to see what’s new.”

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 20: Derrick Rose #25 of the Detroit Pistons looks on during the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 20, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the Pistons 114-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Pistons haven’t won a championship since 2004. It is high time that atleast they land a place in the playoffs. With Derrick Rose as a mentor for Hayes, is there a bright light at the end of the tunnel?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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