Derrick Rose wore a very believable “2011 MVP Rose” costume for Halloween last night, dropping a career-high 50 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 128-125 win over the Utah Jazz.
Although not the first to drop a 50-piece this season, and certainly not the last either, Rose’s historic performance last night will go down in the annals of NBA history as one of the greatest comeback stories ever.
Slated as the heir to Michael Jordan’s throne in Chicago, Derrick Rose looked to become an NBA legend, winning the Rookie of the Year award before becoming the youngest MVP in league history, before injuries started to plague his career.
After tearing his ACL in 2012, to only tear his meniscus twice more in 2013 and 2015, Rose was bounced from team to team before finally getting waived by the Utah Jazz. Many thought he was on his way out of the league, as did he.
However, in what will forever go down as one of the greatest moments in sports history, in a night where the Wolves were missing starters Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose stepped up big time. Putting the team on his back , Rose quieted all of his haters with a vintage performance, dropping 50 points that included the game-clinching free throws and game-saving block to seal the deal against the same team that waived him.
Shortly after the buzzer, Rose broke down in tears while his teammates surrounded him. In a post-game interview filled with pure, raw emotion, Rose brought basketball fans everywhere to tears.
After the game, teammates met Rose with a championship celebration, showering the former All-Star and MVP with champagne. The entire NBA community came together to celebrate Rose’s historic night with tweets from the likes of Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant congratulating him on his performance.
As a fan of the game of basketball, you can’t help but feel happy for him.
Congratulations, Derrick Rose.