Derrick Rose shuts down critics: 'I know who I am'

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Derrick Rose (Getty Photographs)

Derrick Rose is silencing the haters.

The veteran level guard had a message for his critics on Saturday and did not maintain again his emotions about taking the subsequent step in his profession with the Timberwolves, saying he is motivated to point out he can nonetheless play.

“That is how I really feel about it, the entire perspective on it,” Rose stated, by way of ESPN.com. “You may have your perspective on me, so far as I’m a bum, I cannot play, I cannot shoot, this and that, all proper, cool, I haven’t any exhausting emotions with that. I’m cool with that. [If] that is how you are feeling, that is how you are feeling, however on the similar time, I do not want your f—ing validation.

“I know who I am, I know what sort of participant I am. So that you respect that and I respect that [point of view] and we ought to be good. That is how I really feel about it.”​

The Cavaliers despatched Rose to the Jazz of their blockbuster commerce on Feb. eight, however he was waived simply two days later. Since then, Rose hadn’t been a part of a staff.

As a result of he cleared waivers previous to the March 1 deadline, nevertheless, Rose signed with Minnesota on Thursday and will have the ability to go well with up in the event that they make the playoffs.

“I really feel like I do not need to show something,” Rose stated. “It is extra me being proud of enjoying basketball and understanding that I gave it my all. And I walked away from it every time I select to stroll away from it. This subsequent part in my life is getting ready me for all times after basketball, however whereas I’m in it, basketball is my all the things. I by no means take into consideration nothing else. I do not acquired a basis, I do not acquired all this stuff that different gamers have as a result of basketball is my No. 1.

“I really feel like you possibly can’t love two issues directly; the best way I love basketball and the way a lot I sacrificed for the sport, I’m all in. I’m all in till the day I retire or every time that day [comes when] I go away from the sport. I’m all in.”

Rose, 29, has solely performed in sixteen video games this season on account of an ankle damage and has averaged simply 9.eight factors per recreation with 1.eight rebounds and 1.6 assists. The 2010-eleven MVP has been derailed by quite a few accidents in recent times however is keen to point out he is nonetheless acquired recreation.