MANILA, Philippines – Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has no plans to change his playing style once he makes his return to the hardcourt after more than a year-long lay-off.
Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Game 1 of the 2012 playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers, and missed the rest of the following season.
He plans to return to action at the start of the 2013 season, and told TJ Manotoc of ABS-CBN News that he will not change his hard-charging, daredevil style that made him a fan-favorite.
“No,” Rose answered when asked if there will be a “tweak” in his game this season. “I think the only thing that’s gonna change is my confidence level.”
“I think I have way more confidence when I go out there, knowing I put everything into my craft all summer,” he added. “I was lifting weights, and training-wise, I think I’m one of the hardest workers if not the hardest-worker in the NBA.”
Rose later said in a press conference that he has improved his shooting as well, especially when it comes to extending his range.
“As far as shooting, I think that’s the only thing I need to work on,” he said. “The only thing I’ve been working on is shooting longer shots, because I think if people have to come out and stick with me a little bit further, it opens up the court a little bit more, and give me enough room to create and get my guys open.”
“I think I want to be more efficient when I go out there and play,” Rose added. “(I want to) be able to control the whole game, with me being the point guard and having the ball for majority of the game.”
“But I think I haven’t changed anything,” he stressed. “I play the same way. The only thing that’s gonna change is my confidence level.”