With all of the superlatives coming in across the nation for Derrick Rose after his dynamic performance against San Antonio yesterday, and his break-out season, I thought it was time he got himself a new nickname. D-Rose is okay, but it's kind of bland, and doesn't paint the picture of how dynamic he really is as a player.
D-Rose is actually probably more fitting for his personality, because he's quiet and laid-back. But once he's on the hardwood, he's anything but.
Think of a sleek roadster that can dip in and out of curves, or in his case, in between, and over and under defenders.
That's the "Ultimate Driving Machine," because like BMW, there is nothing else like Derrick Rose.
Before he developed his jump shot, you could lay off of him and dare him to shoot. Not anymore. You have to play him tight, and when you do, vrooom, right to the hoop.
Listening to the description of his moves to the basket you hear, the "jacknife," the "teardrop," the "flip," and the "floater." We all know about his killer crossover, but there are no words to describe the one-of-a-kind reverse layups that he has patented.
Last week he even invented a new one, the "Spin-O-Rama," like a former Chicago hockey Hall of Famer, Denis Savard used to do on the ice. He incorporated it into his growing inventory of moves, leaving the defender in his wake while doing a "360."
Rose is so quick and elusive, nothing has been able to stick to him so far, including a fitting nickname, until now.
Watching him drive the lane, you're looking at a finely tuned machine that can rev up in a split second to warp speed, and leave his defenders in the vapor. Whether he's laying it in, or slamming it home with authority, nobody drives the lane like Derrick Rose.
BMW, where the moniker "Ultimate Driving Machine" came from, recently had a commercial with a boy looking at trains, and his mother saying, "How about this one?" The boy replied, "It's not the same." The commercial continued with a guitar and finally comparing cars, repeating the line, "It's not the same."
It applies perfectly to Derrick Rose.
Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Deron Williams and Chris Paul are not the same. They're good, but there is only one Derrick Rose, and you really can't compare them.
Rose has taken the NBA by storm this year, leading the Bulls to one of the best records in the league, and Rose to the top of most MVP ballots so far.
Michael Jordan was "Air."
Earvin Johnson was "Magic."
Julius Erving was "Dr. J."
Derrick Rose deserves a nickname that fits the unique abilities he has on a basketball court.
Is the "Ultimate Driving Machine," the ultimate nickname, for the ultimate player?