Rose looking to learn from Kidd
November, 19, 2010
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com
DALLAS -- Chicago Bulls' guard Derrick Rose doesn't think he can do what Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd already has done.
Glenn James/NBAE/Getty ImagesRebounding is one of the aspects of Jason Kidd's game that Tom Thibodeau wants Derrick Rose to work on.
The Bulls' 22-year-old All-Star point guard sees the high level Kidd has played at for so long, and he just shakes his head.
"What's this, his 17th season?" Rose asked with a chuckle Friday morning. "I don't even think I'll be able to do that. It's a blessing that he's out here playing, but they're still doing good, still playing good basketball.
"And he's still one of the best point guards in the league."
The respect is mutual.
Kidd chuckled earlier this summer at Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas when I asked him whether Rose could take over the torch as the next great point guard for the national team.
"Yeah," he said. "Twenty-one, and he has all the tools to be a great point guard in this environment, and also in the NBA, so the future's very bright for him.
"He's a guy who works extremely hard."
Rose wasn't the only one singing Kidd's praises.
"Oh, great vision," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Great decision making. Great rebounder [who] busts out with the ball.
"But the thing that gets overlooked, he's one of the all-time great three-point shooters in the history of the league. For a guy who came in, who wasn't a great shooter, he's sure made himself into a great shooter now. It's another three-point shooter on the floor. You got to close out to him; you close out too hard he has the ability to go by you. And then his decision making, he's an offense into himself."
Obviously, Thibodeau would be ecstatic if Rose turned into the type of player Kidd has become. And there is a certain aspect of Kidd's game that the veteran coach would like to see his new protege work on.
"The rebounding component into busting out to it, because those are the hardest fast breaks, I think, to stop," Thibodeau said. "I think Kidd does it great, and he has his whole career. He's been a great fast-break point guard for every team that he's been with."
Right now, Rose is still trying to learn the ropes. He's still trying to climb the NBA mountain which Kidd has already scaled. But, as Kidd himself told me earlier this summer, there's no doubt Rose has the ability to do it.
"Coming out of college he was everything that he was supposed to be," he said. "He's an athlete, he can get to the basket, he can score. He's a guy who can find the open guy and plays extremely hard, so when you're all that, the sky's the limit."