Wednesday night, Derrick Rose put up 50 points in Minnesota’s win over the Jazz. But if you ask the man himself, he’s not even close to done yet.
“I’m making history right now,” Rose told ESPN’s Nick Friedell on Friday.
Though, maybe it’s not quite the definition of history we think of.
“Like every time I touch the court is history. That’s how I feel about it, right? And I feel like my fans and the people that watch, they can relate in some way. I mean the people that really care about me. You have people that talk s— here and there but they’re the ones that’s following my story and the ones that’s writing about my story. So who cares what they say. They just got to keep watching and keep writing.”
In eight appearances for the Wolves this season — one start — Rose is averaging 18.6 points on 44.1% shooting. Though, that average was given a mighty fine boost by his performance Wednesday night. That doesn’t take away from the season he’s having so far, though. A 50-point night is a 50-point night. A career night is just that — a career night. There’s no reason to call it anything but that.
Then he was asked about retirement. And as it turns out, that’s the last thing he’s thinking about. And when he was continuously hurt while with the Bulls, he didn’t once think about it.
“No,” Rose continued. “I always say, like, I quit a couple of times but never gave up. Like that’s something I never did. I never gave up, I never threw in the towel. And it plays a role into, like, the character I have or the character I’ve built for myself…”
As of this writing, Rose and the Timberwolves are taking on the Golden State Warriors. We cannot assume they’re going to win, of course. These are the Warriors were talking about. And on the young season, they’re 4-4 while currently riding a two-game winning streak. Going forward, one thing is clear. Rose, now 30, is just going to keep playing for as long as he can.
What will his legacy be?