Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose are two of the best players to come out of Chicago. The former is a three-time champion and arguably the third greatest shooting guard in NBA history behind Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, while the latter is the youngest MVP of all time and was deemed the most explosive point guard ever during his younger days.
Since they are both from Chicago, Wade and Rose have a solid relationship despite being rivals in 2010 and 2011 when Flash was on the Miami Heat, and the Windy City Assassin was on the Chicago Bulls. Given their similar background and respect for one another, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Wade destroyed critics of Rose during the 2020-21 season.
Dwyane Wade: If you don’t like Derrick Rose, something is wrong with you
Rose put on a show for the New York Knicks during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in May 2021. He finished with 27 points, six rebounds, and six assists while shooting 10-of-22 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
The Lakers beat the Knicks in overtime, but Wade was impressed by the poise and patience Rose played with.
“I’ve said this before: if you don’t like D-Rose, something is wrong with you,” Wade said. “He’s that kind of guy. He’s that kind of player. What I love about watching D-Rose play in his second act is older players get smarter. Normally, your body don’t hold up, but you’re a better basketball player in the mind as you get older. So, you see the success of a D-Rose now because his body has held up for him. He plays with poise. He plays with patience. He doesn’t use his explosiveness all the time. He only uses it when he needs to. So, if you see him coming up the break, he’ll hit you with some quick explosion, and then he’s a great finisher as well.”
Since winning MVP in 2011 with the Bulls, Rose has undergone four knee surgeries. As a result, he’s no longer a superstar in the NBA and has been coming off the bench as a Sixth Man.
Derrick Rose could get paid this offseason
Rose just finished the final season of a two-year, $15 million deal he signed with the Detroit Pistons in 2019. The Knicks acquired the former Bulls star at the 2021 trade deadline and have to decide if they want to re-sign him in free agency.
According to ProFitX, Rose outplayed his contract by close to double in 2020-21. He averaged 14.7 points and 4.2 assists in the regular season and put up 19.4 points and 5.0 assists per game in the 2021 playoffs. Although he will be 33 during the 2021-22 campaign and has a well-documented injury history, Rose has proven the last couple of seasons that he’s still a high-level scorer and playmaker.
Wade is certainly rooting for Rose to continue to have success in his second act as an NBA player, especially since he knows what’s it’s like to deal with injuries and scrutiny.
Dwyane Wade dealt with knee injuries for the majority of his career
Wade dealt with multiple lower-body injuries during his legendary career due to his playing style. He was a reckless driver and explosive dunker and finisher at the rim during his first stint with the Heat, which led to several knee injuries.
The 2006 Finals MVP, Wade needed a second surgery on his left knee in 2012. His first procedure took place while he was at Marquette. Doctors removed the meniscus from his left knee, and Wade said in 2013 that he regretted having that surgery since he may not have had chronic knee issues over his career if he had gotten his meniscus repaired instead of removed.
Like Rose, Wade’s athleticism and explosion decreased due to injuries. However, the Heat legend still carved out an iconic career and will undoubtedly be a first-ballot Hall of Famer one day. Wade finished his career with averages of 22.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.4 assists and has a 100% Hall of Fame probability on Basketball Reference.