The President of the United States is one of the NBA fans who thinks that Derrick Rose can still perform at a high-level despite the latter’s struggle with major injuries the past seasons.
In an interview with Bill Simmons published on GQ Magazine, U.S. President Barrack Obama, was asked to choose between the Bulls point guard and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. He was asked which player is more “untradeable” considering their recent status.
“Oh, I think Rose still has more upside. Remember, Rose is still awfully young,” Obama, who is perhaps the most popular supporter for the Chicago franchises in the NBA and NFL, said in the special 20th anniversary edition of GQ’s Men of the Year issue.
Rose has had knee problems the last two season and subsequent surgeries has caused to miss 72 games in the 2013-2014 season and another 31 games in the 2014-2015 season. Cutler is the long time quarterback for the Bears but has had little success with the Chicago franchise through the years. The Bears currently own a 4-5 win-loss record, just 12th in the National Football Conference.
“I’ve not given up on him. Sadly, I think it’s hard to imagine, after that many injuries, him getting back to his MVP-season performance. But he can still be a top-ten point guard,” Obama added.
Rose has actually turned in a respectable performance in the first few games in the current NBA season. The 27-year-old point guard, who was the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2011, averages 13.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 10 games in the 2015-2016 season and has helped the Bulls to a 7-3 win-loss record -- second best in the Eastern Conference.