As Team USA continues it’s run to the FIBA World Cup, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is going to become the focal point with stars like Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, and Kevin Durant withdrawing.
Despite Rose’s two injuries from the prior couple of seasons, he doesn’t seem to be worried that another injury could be in his future.
Recently, CSN Chicago’s Aggrey Sam sat down with D-Rose and talked about Paul George’s injury along with thoughts of possible getting re-injured:
“I have no fears. I have faith. I know that I’m going to be fine. I know that I busted my ass the entire two summers. You can say two seasons to get back to where I am right now. And just try and keep it moving, stay positive every day, do everything consistent like I’ve been doing. Doing the consistent work when I come in, stretching, seeing Jen (Swanson, the Bulls’ director of athletic performance), talking to Jen, just getting my mind clear before I step out on the floor. I’m doing everything that Coach K and them want me to do, and I think everything will go my way.”
Rose also noted in the same interview that he has been taking better care of his body:
“Just confidence-wise, I think I’m taking care of my body a lot more than when I first came back as far as stretching at night and hydrating. When I came back I wasn’t drinking as much water as I need to, and I’m just trying to think about what I can eliminate this time. Hydrating and stretching, that was key, and I think that’s why I’m able to come out here and play the way that I’m playing because I’m really stretching and getting sleep and rest,” the 25-year-old explained.
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