Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 7/29/13
One common quality among all elite athletes is a supreme confidence in their ability. Ask the top five athletes in each sport who they believe to be the best in their sport, and you will likely receive 5 different answers. Recently reported in an article written by Nick Friedell, of ESPN Chicago.com, Derrick Rose recently was posed this question in an interview with CNN’s Pedro Pinto.  Rose responded by declaring himself to be the best player in the NBA. When a player misses an entire season because he doesn’t feel comfortable with his knee, it may lead some people may simply read the statement and feel that Rose has lost touch with reality. When discussing best player in the NBA, the answer, much like beauty, may just lie in the eye of the beholder.  In order to accurately answer the question, you need to decide what criteria will be used in determining the answer is it going to be potential or performance? Does being a rising star with a playoff contender enough to merit the title? Does a player actually have to lead his team to the podium at end of June and hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy? Looking at potential, Rose is undeniably in the conversation with the likes of Kevin Durant, Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony, James Harden and Dwight Howard as players who can lead their teams to the title and the NBA in to the future. Moreover, it still remains to be seen how effective he will be coming back from the knee injury which kept him out of all of last season. Rose has already shown that he has the talent to carry a team on his shoulders and lead his team deep in to the playoffs. But he has yet to lead them to either an Eastern Conference or a NBA crown. In regards to actual performance (in no particular order) Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan would be ahead of him. Whereas these players have been through the playoff battles and came through other side holding up Larry O’Brien trophy. Rose is hindered in the discussion by his short time in the NBA; he has yet been able to go through the battles in the post season that normally are part of the maturation process for NBA Superstars.  Unlike the other players, he doesn’t have a complete body of work that we can judge him on. This high opinion of oneself is not isolated to Rose alone, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Shaquille O’neal all shared the same high opinions of themselves which seemed without merit until they won their first title.  Once a NBA Championship was attained, others began to agree with the individual player’s opinion of themselves. So San Antonio Spurs fans, how accurate do you believe is Rose’s statement?
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Giants’ Victor Cruz cleared to practice

PETA sends Warren Sapp vegan lobster following shark bite

Report: Josh McCown has looked better at times than RG3

Mike Trout does David Ortiz impersonation

Suspended Steelers WR Martavis Bryant set to help coach HS football


Tickets for ‘Monday Night Football’ game in Mexico sell out

Kevin Durant says he never told Russell Westbrook he was staying in OKC

God Shammgod hired by Mavericks as player development assistant

Soccer player terminates contract after being attacked by stray dogs

Todd Bowles confirms Ryan Fitzpatrick is Jets starting QB: ‘It’s his job’

Carmelo Anthony shocked Dwyane Wade left Miami for Chicago

Ronda Rousey denies being pregnant despite rumor

Eight most overpaid offensive players in NFL

Giants acquire All-Star Eduardo Nunez from the Twins

Vikings QB injured trying to kick open door

Josh Gordon thankful for support from Browns

Report: Seahawks DE Chris Clemons retiring

Denard Robinson blames falling asleep at stoplight for pond crash

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Hue Jackson: Browns will give Josh Gordon a fresh start

Diamondbacks nearing Daniel Hudson trade

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

What would George Costanza have traded to get Bonds and Griffey?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker