Derrick Rose issued the kind of warning after Wednesday night's preseason win against the Detroit Pistons that is sure to make players and coaches around the NBA take notice.
"I think I'm way more explosive now" Rose said after scoring 22 points in 22 minutes. "Like getting to the rim. I think I can take contact a little bit better. And as far as jumping-wise I think I can jump even higher. They tested my vertical -- I increased it by 5 inches. I just didn't show it yet because there's no need to."
Rose said after his first preseason game a week and a half ago that his vertical had improved from 37 inches to 42 inches. Now after playing in just his third game in almost a year and a half Rose looks and sounds as confident as ever. He says any worrying about his knee is finished.
"The biggest thing is after you have an ACL or any injury it's the mental part" Rose said. "And for me not to think about anything no more and actually be reacting to the defense and the offense it feels g...