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Watch Derrick Rose Return & Throw Down His First Dunk

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. Instagram/chicagobulls)

After 526 days — something commentators repeatedly informed us before the game on NBA TV — Derrick Rose was finally back in a Bulls uniform against the Pacers last night. He scored 13 points in 20 minutes, going 5-for-12 from the field with 4 turnovers. Though rusty, we’re just happy he’s returned even while other teams quake at his visage on an NBA court.

We already showed you his first bucket, which displayed his tenacity and muscular strength after he got his own rebound in a congested lane for the follow-up lay-in. But it’s those transition layups he pulls off that leave us numb as we watch his talent and athleticism collide.

But he also threw down a dunk on a breakaway. He’s said to have increased his vertical from 37 to 42 inches after surgery to repair his torn ACL, and it’s not hard to believe after watching him last night.

But it was Rose’s coach, Tom Thibodeau, who summed up what makes Derrick so amazing after the game.

There was certainly some rust, though. He turned the ball over on consecutive possessions during the second quarter after some lazy passes in the half-court (he committed all 4 of his TO’s in the second period). But the most important part is — physically, at least — he looked great; he was bouncing around like the Derrick of old.

Perhaps the best part is the return of the the hyper competitive point guard many have come to love. Derrick shoulders so many Chicago fan’s title aspirations it’s a wonder he hasn’t cracked during his year plus convalescence. But the zealous desire to win hasn’t gone anywhere — as Thibodeau noted in his post game comments.

Yup, Rose has officially returned, and the hairs on the back of our neck are standing at attention.

What did you think of the return of D Rose?

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  • Chicagorilla

    Even tho we knew that the day would come where Rose was back on the court, I think the city still held it’s breath until we saw him actually on the court doing work. And work he did.

    I’ve been watching him closely since his junior year in HS and The kid has never looked more athletic. Once he settles down into a grove the NBA might be looking at the new best point guard in the league…if not the best player. This should be an interesting season.

  • Slick Ric

    Glad to see him Back.