Rose interview, Part 2

Rose interview, Part 2

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 12:02

The second part of Derrick Rose's interview with USA Today mentions a topic he's never spoken about.

No, not his return date. His father, who's identity is not widely known.

Rose himself became a father last Oct. 9 to Derrick Rose Jr., also known as P.J., for "Pooh Junior."

"If I just do everything the opposite of what my dad did, I think that will make things pretty easy," Rose said of fatherhood. "I can joke about it now because I'm past that stage where it used to hurt. By having a kid, it's gone."

Rose also mentions that during his rehab, he's lifted weights and watched film more than he ever has. He also started watching other NBA games, something he's said in the past he would skip, preferring movies and TV shows. He's also trying to eat better, while backing off the Skittles and Gummi Bears.

Rose also threw water on the "taking contact in practice" phrase that's been tossed around, by saying he hasn't been hit in practice. Then again, what teammate is going to level Rose in a 2-on-2 game? Maybe they need to fly in Dwight Howard during the all-star break to do the honors.

"It's only me getting over that scared stage and just going out there and playing with that confidence, knowing I've been training six days a week and everything will be all right," Rose said in the article. "It's just that like driving is totally different because the injury happened when I was driving."

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