NBA players embrace Derrick Rose, light up Twitter on his 50-point night

Derrick Rose’s monster night for the Minnesota Timberwolves culminated in a cathartic moment for the NBA veteran.

After dropping a career-high 50 points in a thrilling win over the Utah Jazz, Rose was in tears. It was a game that few expected from the former MVP whose career has been derailed by faulty knees that knocked him down from his superstar status.

NBA players stoked for Rose’s big night

It was a moment that Rose appreciated and basked in for himself and one that drew an outpouring of applause from his fellow NBA players.

Perhaps Dwyane Wade summed up Rose’s night best.

But he wasn’t the only one who took notice on Wednesday.

Jimmy Butler, source of all things contentious in Minnesota lately, stopped by Rose’s post-game news conference for a shout-out during his first appearance Wednesday night.

This, of course, was after Rose’s teammates swarmed him immediately after the buzzer.

And in the locker room.

Much of the rest of the NBA congratulated Rose via Twitter.

For veterans who have played alongside and against Rose, there was genuine love for seeing the three-time All-Star back on a pedestal. They know the potential he flashed in his all-too brief prime.

Wednesday was a reminder of how much talent he has.

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 28: Derrick Rose #25 of the West Team looks on against the East Team during the Boy's McDonald's All American High School Basketball Game on March 28, 2007 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. The West Team won 114-112. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 26: Derrick Rose shows off his Topps trading card during the McDonald's All-American Topps trading card signing session on March 26, 2007 at the Louisville Marriott in Louisville, Kentucky. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Memphis' Derrick Rose (C) competes against Texas-Arlington's Tommy Moffitt (L-R), Trey Parker and Rog'er Guignard during the first half of their first round NCAA men's basketball tournament game in Little Rock, Arkansas March 21, 2008. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES)
Derrick Rose, from the University of Memphis, answers questions during the 2008 NBA Draft media availability session in New York, June 25, 2008. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES)
Chicago Bull's Derrick Rose holds up his trophy after winning the Skills Competition at the NBA All-Star basketball weekend in Phoenix, Arizona, February 14, 2009. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES)
Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose squats down at midcourt during the last seconds of fourth quarter of Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, April 27, 2010.REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
U.S. Rudy Gay (L), Derrick Rose (C) and Andre Iguodala (R) celebrate as team mate Kevin Durant scores against Lithuania during their FIBA Basketball World Championship semi-final game in Istanbul, September 11, 2010. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (TURKEY - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose looks for a shot against Toronto Raptors defender Jerryd Bayless (R) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto December 15, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose watches play from the floor after falling against the Indiana Pacers in the third quarter during game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game in Indianapolis April 23, 2011. REUTERS/Brent Smith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
The Chicago Bulls' Kurt Thomas (L) and teammate Derrick Rose celebrate defeating the Indiana Pacers during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game in Chicago, April 26, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Miami Heat's LeBron James (L) hugs Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose after the Heat defeated the Bulls in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball series in Chicago, May 26, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose speaks at a news conference at the Berto Center December 21, 2011. Rose has agreed to a five-year 94.8 million contract extension with the Chicago Bulls. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose (R) tosses the ball in front of Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul (L) after the Bulls turned the ball over during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles December 30, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose reacts against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, April 8, 2012. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Derrick Rose unveils the adidas D Rose 3, his new signature shoe in Chicago, September 13, 2012. REUTERS/BRIAN KERSEY/Adidas/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Aug 1, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA Team Blue guard Derrick Rose (41) shoots the ball during the USA Basketball Showcase at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
NBA Chicago Bulls' basketball player Derrick Rose (front R) poses for a selfie with Chinese fans during a fans meeting event in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, August 21, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA
Oct 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) looks to pass in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland won 117-88. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
MILWAUKEE, WI - JANUARY 06: Derrick Rose #25 of the New York Knicks walks onto the court prior to a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center on January 6, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 3: Derrick Rose #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on November 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 5: Derrick Rose #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the game against the Atlanta Hawks on November 5, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
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