Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Bulls Have a Rose That Blossomed Finally: Watch out for Derrick Rose

He’s the most beloved athletic figure in Chicago currently, and to this point I swear. But in any other town he’s a forgotten rose, such as in a place like Miami, where he blossomed like a rose on LeBron James’ court near the shores of South Beach.

For all the strange folks in this universe ignoring a self-proclaimed Rose, Derrick Rose to be more precise — a relentless point guard who is favored to earn MVP honors this year for such a sensational season with the Chicago Bulls — he is almost unstoppable and hasn’t been denied much too often, with the exception of the Bulls’ loss to Golden State. So there was Rose, in one of his remarkable moments, as the Bulls survived on the road with an 87-86 win over the Heat to wildly send a vital statement to the league. In every way, Rose is the symbol of the Bulls, not to mention that he’s a part of a promising future for the Bulls and is lucky to play for his hometown that pleads for him to serve as a vital element and validate his place in history. You probably wonder what fuels his energy, a habit he adopts in order to preserve his strength and stay efficient without becoming fatigued, so he can race through traffic and finish at the basket. The intensity he produce comes from his fetish for sweets and junk food that he consumes religiously and refuses to turn down.

Either way, that is, Rose has become the face of Chicago at a moment when the Bulls are in contention and putting fear in the hearts of the Celtics, Magic and Heat. Given that he’s in the shadows of Michael Jordan, an all-time legend who still reigns as the greatest ballplayer in Chicago with a statue cast in bronze outside the United Center, Rose will most likely gain a reputation for being the hero for resuscitating the Bulls and reinstalling a sense of aspiration. The popular youngster delivered on Sunday in a matinee against the Heat with 27 points on 12-for-23 shooting in 38 minutes, capping a season sweep of Miami. It’s never smart to dismiss the Bulls, known as the underdogs this season, even if Chicago comprise of a crafty superstar as gifted as Rose.

Nobody believes in the Bulls, now a sensible competitor in the East, weary of being called the underdogs after the recent showdown against the Heat indicated that the Bulls could presumably beat the boys from South Beach in the playoffs when they easily humiliated and defeated their toughest opponent.

The stakes were high for the Bulls, tied for second place in the Eastern Conference, all while trying to anxiously prove to the basketball world that they are for real and can amaze us come postseason with perhaps a best-of-seven series that could be a thriller for the ages.

With the emergence of the Bulls, the reemergence rather, Chicago is suddenly rising to supremacy in the Eastern Conference and Rose isn’t intimidated by anyone — he’s known as a baby version of MJ since he’s not afraid to drive his way inside and finish on a layup. In truth, an aura of dominance and toughness describes Rose’s arsenal, a proficient floor general who leads the Bulls in the post-Jordan era, and simply is a compelling name around the league.

It seems as if the Bulls, even if they don’t survive the postseason, may have removed the Baby Bull label from in front of their names for the first time since Jordan retired from Chicago. It’s a proven franchise built on tremendous talent and stands up to the top notched teams of the Eastern Conference, and many people are suddenly fearful of Bulls.

Few players in our nation can inspire kids, and it just so happens that Rose isn’t only instrumental to the Bulls but also inspirational to children, particularly those who had to grow up in poverty — seeing the way he was raised in a bad side of Chicago. He played pick up basketball in neighborhoods of gang violence, bloody streets, homicides and drugs. In reality, he was raised in the hood but chose the right path and instead had been committed to shooting hoops and playing on the courts, although he resided in a rough environment.

His irresistible play was exposed on the afternoon in a pivotal must-have, during a period when the overwhelmed beliefs persuaded doubters to actually believe in the Bulls. This shifted the mood and uplifted a dormant town out of an atmosphere of bleakness. The defeat marked the Bulls third win against the Heat of the season when Rose, along with Amar’e Stoudemire, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo and Tony Parker, have all made strong MVP cases.

What’s more, there’s always one player more worthy of the award, and Rose is clearly that guy. It was a dramatic finish, and fairly unpredictable near the end. It appeared as if the Heat were well on their way to a victory, when the Bulls blew a five-point lead late and trailed 86-84 after Mario Chalmers darted inside for an uncontested layup with 25.8 seconds left. That, however, led to a foul charged against Chalmers and it sent Luol Deng to the charity strike, where he drained one of two free throws with 17.3 seconds remaining. By way of contrast, in the end, Joakim Noah switched onto James and forced a miss, but the Heat rebounded and Dwyane Wade heaved a prayer from the baseline at the buzzer that rattled out. The last-second jumper decided it for the Bulls in a game they really wanted to take and prevailed with much at stake. Fear Rose, known for attacking the rim, surrounded by a reliable supporting cast with Noah and Carlos Boozer. But in this particular showdown, Rose outplayed James and Wade, finding a way to awe spectators with his impressive turnaround.

It clearly was a defensive effort from the Bulls, and they rallied back in the end to win after trailing against Miami. The Heat almost beat Chicago, but Rose orchestrated a late comeback with his hot shooting.

Folks, the Bulls are contenders and aren’t pushovers. Sunday was a reminder, as everyone else worries about the Heat, blinded by the bloom of a Rose.