Derrick Rose Is Going to Be Fine If He Has to Face Samurai Next Season

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 9, 2013

We still don't know if Derrick Rose will have the same quickness and explosive leap to destroy NBA defenses. However, he is in midseason form when it comes to samurai warriors.

Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin spotted this video of the Chicago Bulls star taking on some foes better reserved for an Akira Kurosawa film, or at the very least some very odd sneaker commercial.

As Helin notes, this was all part of Rose's tour of Asia and his recent jaunt through Japan this past weekend.

Not content to merely show off his handles or his ability to shoot the rock, the proceedings called for him to carve up some samurai.

These have to be the Charlotte Bobcats of samurai, because they are dreadful on the defensive end. They just watch Rose as he dribbles around and heads for the easiest dunk in the history of throwing things down.

Thankfully, the guard did manage to show off his skills against someone who actually attempted defensive measures outside of merely standing around looking like an extra from The Last Samurai.

It seems like decades since we last saw Rose on an NBA court. While these are merely silly antics to sell shoes, they do offer confidence the 24-year-old is finally ready to lead the Bulls on the court next season.

If that doesn't do it for you, head coach Tom Thibodeau seems to think the guard is coming along very nicely this summer, via the Chicago Tribune:

Thibodeau said last month at the summer league that he doesn't envision “big limitations” on Rose once training camp and exhibition games open.

 “What the summer has done is it's given him more time to build confidence and strength in his leg,” Thibodeau said in Las Vegas in July. “His entire body is a lot stronger.”

Of course, if Rose faces any samurai on his way back to the court this season, he will know exactly how to break them down.


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