Here's Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose last week, announcing the release of a colorway of his new shoe:
“My mom means the world to me,” Rose said. “She is my motivation to work as hard as I do, which is why I love wearing this color of my shoe for her.”
Here's Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose at practice on Wednesday, describing the way he's approaching his long-awaited comeback:
DRose on his mindset: "If it's my Mom on the court, she's going to get killed."
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 2, 2013
Okey-doke, then. I guess basketball really is everything, huh? (Until Mom catches wind of this, anyway.)
Rose's full quote, from K.C. Johnson's subsequent Chicago Tribune short:
"I'm a guy where whoever is on the court, I'm going to go at them," Rose said. "If it's my teammates — it could be my mom on the court, she's going to get killed. I could care less. For me, I'm just trying to build that mentality where I don't care who's out there, I'm trying to play the same way."
I'm sure that's music to most Bulls fans' ears ... although some Illinois moms might wish the song had a slightly different tune.