CHICAGO -- It was practically cocky, seemingly out of character.
Answering a question about his expectations for the season on Chicago Bulls media day this past September with the question, "Why can't I be the MVP of the league?"
That couldn't have been our D-Rose.
But listening to the then-21-year-old Bulls guard that day, there wasn't a hint of cockiness about it.
"Why can't I be the best player in the league?" Derrick Rose said sincerely. "I don't see why [not]? Why can't I do that? I think I work hard. I think I dedicate myself to the game and sacrifice a lot of things at a young age, and I know if I continue to do good, what I can get out of it."
It was a challenge to himself and, we can see now as we look back, to his team. A challenge for greatness, yes, but a very reasonable goal as well.