Rose: The Old ‘reckless’ Me is Gone, I’m Smarter Now

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(Chicago Bulls) Derrick Rose knows the routine. He knows the questions are coming. After each fantastic game he plays this year, like clockwork, Rose is asked whether he feels close to the 2011 version that made him the youngest league MVP in history.

And now, four seasons and three separate knee surgeries later, he finally has an answer.

“That old, reckless player that you saw years ago, he’s not there anymore,” Rose said from the Bulls’ team hotel in downtown Milwaukee. “It’s old, man. That player that you saw, that reckless player … I’m smarter now.”

via Michael Singer of USA TODAY Sports