Derrick Rose and Those Filthy Reverse Layups

kelly smithContributor INovember 3, 2010

Rose and his Ruthless Reverse
Rose and his Ruthless ReverseJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

special addendum...props to brendan millhouser  for the original thought and spirit behind this simple bad for not mentioning it before...his fine article can be found here:


From Wikipedia:


Superhuman can mean an improved human, for example, by genetic modification, cybernetic implants, or as what humans might evolve into, in the distant future. Occasionally, it could mean an otherwise "normal" human with unusual abilities, such as psychic abilities, flying abilities, unimaginable strength or exceptional proficiency at something, far beyond the norm.



The supernatural or supranatural (Latin: super, supra "above" + natura "nature") is anything above or beyond what one holds to be natural and exists outside natural law and the observable universe.


Derrick Rose

Flash can run really fast. Aquaman can swim really good. Batman...well...he's got really cool gadgets. The point is, every superhero has a super power which they are known for. The same holds true, for the most part, in the NBA.

Kareem and his skyhook. Karl Malone and his prayer before free throws. Magic's no-look pass. Hakeem's dream shake. Dr. J's cradle dunks. Michael Jordan and...well...everything. The list goes on.

Enter Derrick Rose. During the first three games this season, Chicago Bulls fans have been fortunate to witness some of the sickest variations of the reverse layup to ever grace the hardwood court, all courtesy of local hometown hero, Derrick Rose.

Although Rose has used the reverse layup on numerous occasions during his first two years in the NBA, the relentless and seemingly unstoppable move has dominated his recent scoring tear.

Because of this, there are those that feel a suitable nickname should be used to recognize this move for what it truly is: a superpower, plain and simple.

In light of this current revelation, I seek out those who would offer solutions to this dilemma. A nickname is needed. Something to identify this mystical feat of aerodynamics. What shall we dub this fantastical display of movement and misdirection? I'm all ears.

In the event you missed them, check out the highlight against Portland above and the reverse layup against Oklahoma City below.


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