Video: “I haven’t felt this healthy in a long time” - Derrick Rose believes he’s ready for the season, looks in shape after dropping to rookie weight

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Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

Derrick Rose was one of the most tantalizing talents in his early days in the NBA, but he never reached his true potential due to injuries.

Back in his prime, Rose carried the Chicago Bulls to numerous playoff wins. His style of play was revolutionary. Winning the MVP back in 2011, he quickly became a fan favorite. His Bulls team used to be a huge threat to LeBron James and the Miami Heat. The two teams treated NBA fans to some historic battles on the court.

Rose's development was halted in 2012, when he tore his ACL in a playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He has never hit the same heights again. Rose has bounced from team to team in the past few years but is now hoping to lead the New York Knicks to success.

In a video posted on Instagram, the three-time All-Star expressed how great he felt ahead of his 14th NBA season.

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"Just grinding, head down, tunnel vision and enjoying it with the guys," Rose said.
"I haven’t felt this healthy in a long time. Back to my rookie weight, 195 right now. It's been 13 years since I've been that weight. So, it's a blessing."

It's impressive to see how Derrick Rose has managed to bounce back despite the numerous injuries that he has suffered.

Seeing the New York Knicks guard feel healthy and ready to compete is moving, and fans won't stop rooting for Rose.

Derrick Rose's veteran leadership is what the young Knicks squad needs

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Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

The New York Knicks have a great mix of young and veteran players and have a chance to be a playoff team in the East.

At this point in his career, Derrick Rose doesn't need to be a starter to be effective for the team. His on-court production was great last season and he fits the role of a spark plug off the bench. Rose is also at a point in his career where he can guide the young stars in his team to maximize their potential.

New York made a bold move this offseason by acquiring Jalen Brunson on a four-year $104 million deal. With this addition, the former Rookie of the Year can focus on leading the second unit when the starters rest.

Big things are expected of the Knicks as they spent a ton of money signing a young guard. Derrick Rose may be a veteran, but his leadership and experience can help turn things around for the New York Knicks.

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Edited by Arnav Kholkar
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