One of Derrick Rose's closest friends away from the Chicago Bulls is the player he is most frequently compared to, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
They are probably the two fastest players in the NBA. If you filmed the two of them playing one-on-one and played it back it slow motion, it would look like they were playing at regular speed.
They play with a ton of confidence and can beat you multiple ways, through passing, scoring or defense.
The world would love to see them both enter the dunk contest. They have combined 78 inch vertical, and both ascend in their jumps at remarkable speed. The word explosive seems too overused to describe them. These boys bounce.
Though their games are similar, their off-court personalities are different as night and day. Westbrook is as cocky as Rose is humble.
Still, they are close friends who share the same agent, the same trainer and work out together in the offseason.
Considering how both competitive both are, you better believe there's been some trash talk going on in those practices.
He also has a friendship with the Thunder's Kevin Durant that started when they were teammates on team USA.
Rose and Durant are the first two players who signed the so-called Rose Exception in the new CBA, which allows for players who have been an MVP or made multiple All-Star games in their first two seasons to receive more maximum money.
Rose is they youngest MVP in league history, and Durant is the youngest player to win multiple scoring titles.
And they're almost exactly the same age. Durant was born September 29, 1988, just five days before Derrick Rose on October 4, 1988. Westbrook is all of a month younger than the other two, born November 12 of the same year.
If he got to pick the team the Bulls beat in the Finals, it stands to reason that he would love nothing more than to beat the Thunder. If he did, it would give him the edge as the greatest player of his generation (if you consider those over 25 are in a different generation).