Pistons’ Derrick Rose: “I Wanna Win a Championship”

Derrick Rose at an Adidas event in Tokyo in 2013. Photo by Masatoshi Okauchi/REX/Shutterstock (3025707n)

Although he managed to achieve a rare feat of winning both the NBA Rookie of the Year and MVP awards, Derrick Rose has still one big goal to achieve in the NBA. In a recent interview with Sirius XM Radio, the new Detroit Pistons guard said that he wants to win an NBA title before his career ends.

“While I’m in the game…I wanna win a championship that’s what I really wanna do. ” – said Rose.

According to Rose, being an NBA champion is the accolade that he always wanted the most. 

“I got all the accolades that I wanted, now it’s time for me to really get the one that I really, really want.” – he added.

Although he was almost out of the NBA just a few years ago, Rose managed to resurrect his career with Minnesota Timberwolves last season. He played 51 games, and averaged 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game and was even in the conversation for the Sixth Man of the Year award at one moment. This increased his value on the free market, and he ended up landing in Detroit on a two-year, $15 million contract.

As it turns out, Derrick Rose didn’t just choose Pistons for the money. He actually believed that the team has a chance to be competitive in the Eastern Conference. Rose even went so far as saying that Detroit might be up for a big run this next season and become a title contender.

“With Detroit, I feel like we have a great chance with being in the East. We have two great bigs, a great team, you never know.” – Rose said when asked about Pistons’ title chances.

While you have to admire Rose’s optimism, the truth is that Pistons are a perennial playoff team at best. Even with Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, Detroit simply lacks the star power and depth to challenge the best teams in the NBA. But hey, we won’t be mad if we are proven wrong.