Derrick Rose, Best Player in the NBA?

May 6, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose shoots the ball before game one of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

It has been over a year since Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose has played a competitive game of basketball. Yet, in an interview with Pedro Pinto of CNN, when asked who the best player in the league is, Derrick Rose confidently gave his answer.

“Derrick Rose,” the 2011 MVP proclaimed.

Rose, who tore his ACL on April 28, 2012 during Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks, underwent surgery the following month. He sat out all of last season, including the playoffs, despite being cleared to play in March.

While stating he is the top player in the NBA, the 24 year-old did acknowledge LeBron James as the toughest player in the league to guard.

“I would have to say LeBron,” Rose said. “A 6-foot-8 guy that’s 250 [pounds]. What do you think?”

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has said that Rose, who plans to start next season on time will likely play starter’s minutes during the preseason.

The three-time All-Star has career averages of  21 points, 6.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds in the regular season, with those numbers increasing come playoff time, averaging 25.1/7.3/4.8.

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