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.
Every Basketball fan in the world should feel good for DRose. Tonite was an example of never giving up on yourself and when others believe in you. Amazing things can happen. I’m smiling like i scored 50! Congrts to a good dude!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 1, 2018
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.
Derrick Rose postgame, with a cameo from Jimmy Butler. pic.twitter.com/j2SM500B8q
— Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) November 1, 2018
This, of course, was after Rose’s teammates swarmed him immediately after the buzzer.
— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) November 1, 2018
And in the locker room.
The Wolves locker room after D-Rose's 50 point game 🙏 *NSFW*
(via jeffteague/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/GViUAetkiW
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 1, 2018
Much of the rest of the NBA congratulated Rose via Twitter.
D🌹!!! Incredible. He’s overcome so much. I couldn’t be happier to see him ballin. @drose
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) November 1, 2018
That’s unbelievable D-Rose 50, wow keep ballin’…
— Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) November 1, 2018
Man couldn’t be more happy for d 🌹. Can only imagine the emotions after what he’s gone through. Well deserved. Hard work is undefeated 🙌🏾
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) November 1, 2018
What a night for D Rose! He deserves it more than anyone after everything he fought through 💪💪💪!
— Nikola Vucevic (@NikolaVucevic) November 1, 2018
— Jason Terry (@jasonterry31) November 1, 2018
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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