Have you ever been to a basketball game in the upper level of an arena? The steep walk up the stairs only gets worse when you turn around and realize that, if you fall, you very well could tumble all the way down the section, over the rail guard, dropping some 75 feet into the lower level.
Well, at least that's one of my more recent nightmares. Now, have you ever watched a game close enough to the action that you can hear players call out picks on defense, grunt when they are fouled, and even Carlos Boozer scream like this on every other possession.
For the Timberwolves-Bulls game, I was finally, for the first time in my life, this close to the action (third row). You notice so much more. Anthony Tolliver's shoes make him look even more like a stay-at-home dad. Wayne Ellington not only wears Tolliver's shoes, but for a shooting guard, he runs he has a groin issue.
Not to mention a first class view of Brian Scalabrine doing his pregame dance that looks a little bit tribal in nature.What he's actually doing is bouncing side to side, preparing his body for intense defensive action, and accidentally running over cheerleaders that run on the court from behind him.
Oh, and one more thing: Despite the criticism I have given the media for giving Derrick Rose the MVP award so early on in the year, I now see why. This guy is unreal.
I can't lie. I didn't really care if the Timberwolves won this game. When I had to rank my games for our season ticket draft, I ranked all the games in the first half of the year above the games in the second half (except for the Heat game). Timberwolves games do not matter anymore. In fact, they are promoting the teams that come to Target Center nowadays, rather than the actual home team.
When the Bulls came through the tunnel before the game. I couldn't control my excitement. I was about 15 feet from the man that was about to be named the MVP of the league I love. From the tip to the 5:23 mark in the 4th quarter (I had to leave), I was in complete awe of Derrick Martell Rose. The dude is nuts.
His basketball IQ is out of the roof, and we all know about his physical abilities. The thing I noticed that made me love him as the MVP that I could not notice on TV was his moustache. Just kidding, but that thing is lethal. Whenever I try to grow one like that people say I look like a rapist. Double standards are killin' me.
The real difference maker was Rose's presence. Every superstar has a presence about them. Some, like LeBron, turn people like me off because it comes off as a cocky swagger that makes us (fans) feel beneath him. Some, like Kobe, have a confident swagger with a touch of charm and smoothness that makes you think he could still pick chicks up at the bar even if he wasn't who he is (random, I know, but think about it). Then, there is Derrick Rose.
He brings an entirely new type of swag to the game. He does nothing over the top. He does not focus his game on being flashy. He just does what is best for his team. Still, as a fan, you are still drawn to him.
Why? Because he's different.
We have never had a guy this good that never changes his facial expression on the court. It's almost weird. Anyway, the point is this: Derrick Rose is not cocky. He is charismatic. Add that to being the best point guard in the NBA, who is constantly improving, and you got one pretty damn good NBA superstar.
It makes me feel good that we have people like D-Rose leading the new generation of the NBA. Older guys went through some of the lowest points in NBA history (like when Stephen Jackson and Ron Artest showing potential for future UFC careers in Detroit, or the Donaghy scandal), and the overall aloof nature of that generation did not appeal to me.
I'm not saying NBA players will cease to be cocky, I mean they pretty much have to be super confident to be good. It just excites me that young stars like D-Rose, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant do not push me away from the NBA like players in the past have done.
The third row seats I sat in were definitely the best seats I have enjoyed in the Target Center in my lifetime. Still, the best part of it was that I got to see Derrick Rose. His personality and abilities need to be seen in person for every NBA fan. You cannot truly respect him until you do this.
Plus, his moustache looks even better in person.