In an offseason in which Derrick Rose proclaimed a much improved three-point shot, the Rookie of the Year and 2009-2010 NBA All-Star is now calling himself an MVP candidate.
On the first day of Training Camp, widely known as "media day", the star Point Guard for the Chicago Bulls has very high expectations for the Bulls this season and himself as an individual.
''They're high,'' he said on the first day of training camp. ''The way I look at it, why can't I be the MVP in the league? Why can't I be the best player in the league? I don't see why not."
''I work hard, I dedicate myself to the game and sacrifice a lot of things at a young age, and I know, if I continue to do good what I can get out of it. If that's me going out and doing whatever, I'm willing to do it because in the long run I know it's gonna help me.''
His team mate, Joakim Noah, who is looking for a long-term contract, backed up his fellow team mate: "'Derrick is an unbelievable talent and things have really changed around here since he's been in Chicago. If Derrick feels that way, that's good for us.''
Noah makes a good point: with Rose having supreme confidence in his game, he will only improve from here.
Rose has admit in the past that he has to be a bit more vocal out there on the court, but as long as he is producing on the court at an "MVP" level, the sky is the limit for the Bulls and Rose.
Rose, who spent the summer playing for Team USA in the World Championships, called this summer the hardest-working summer in his life.
''This is the hardest I've ever worked out, this past summer,'' Rose said. ''I've put a lot of work in, staying in the gym every day, making sure I'm getting prepared for a big season because I believe we can make it far.''
Last season, Rose had to carry most of the load for the Bulls on offense, but this season, after a very active offseason, the Bulls have put some very good talent around Rose, and he knows it.
''Last year, people would just key in on me, [thinking] that if they stop me, they could stop the team,'' Rose said. ''But now, we've got Booz where he can change the game on the inside or the rebounding side. Then we've got Korver with his shooting, C.J. [Watson] with his shooting and Brewer with his defense and intensity throughout the whole game."
The Bulls will be a very strong team this season, but it will all start and end with their star Point Guard, Derrick Rose.