Rose Sought Advice from Isiah Thomas
Among those whom Derrick Rose sought advice and solace from in the days after the Chicago Bulls were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals last May was the last point guard to lead his team in scoring while winning an NBA title.
Isiah Thomas said he met Rose last year after a game in Detroit and that Rose contacted him after the Bulls’ season had ended.
“He was pretty down,” Thomas told ESPNChicago.com by phone on Wednesday. “He asked me ‘How did you do it? How did you win back-to-back championships at this size?’ And my response to him was that once you understand your opponent and know your opponent better than you know yourself, you’ll win.”
Not many can know what Rose is going through as he endures the physical pain and rigors of the NBA season. He’s been battling turf toe and back spasms that knocked him out of Monday’s game in New Jersey. Even fewer can speak to the unique challenge the Bulls’ 6-3 star faces as a relatively small man in a big man’s game.