Westerlund: Rose Flashes Brilliance, Rust In Return Home

CBS Chicago

By Cody Westerlund-

CHICAGO (CBS) – The reminder of all that is beautiful about Derrick Rose’s game came with a little more than three minutes left in the third quarter of Saturday’s exhibition game for Team USA, Rose having turned down a screen from teammate Rudy Gay on the left wing.

In front of his hometown fans at the United Center, this play was all his.

Rose started left, putting down one dribble with his left hand before providing victim Raul Togni Neto of Brazil with a story to tell future generations of Netos. With his second dribble came a devastating left-to-right crossover, Neto momentarily frozen and Rose exploding by and cradling the ball in his right arm like Matt Forte might.

As Rose began his ascent just outside the restricted area, Brazilian big man Anderson Varejao considered contesting the shot, then thought better of it. He had no desire…

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