Derrick Rose’s big mistake

The buzz around the NBA last week came via a quick-fire response by Bulls’ guard Derrick Rose, when asked who is the best player in the NBA.

Rose’s response?

“Derrick Rose.”

Fair enough. What high level player doesn’t consider himself the best?

I’m fine with a player of Rose’s caliber thinking he’s the league’s finest — even when he isn’t, and even when he’s coming off an injury. But once he crosses over into third person references, it’s a different arena. Ask Karl Malone. I always liked him and appreciated his candor. Other people couldn’t get past his third person routine.

That’s not to say Rose has lost perspective. This is the guy who tearfully and publicly thanked his mother for making his career possible. I can’t even really blame him for thinking he’s better than LeBron James or Kevin Durant. It’s hard to be objective when assessing oneself. I once bought a necktie I thought made me look like Cary Grant.

At the same time, if I were Rose I’d steer clear of the third person references.

That’s not gospel, it’s just what Brad Rock thinks.

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