Hold the contempt. Save the obvious pronouncements that he's dead wrong. Push back that understandable urge to roll your eyes and wonder what the hell Derrick Rose is up to this time.
Let's all take a deep breath and see Rose's sudden swagger for what it is: He's finally back to his old self.
In an interview with CNN's Pedro Pinto this week, Rose was asked who he believes is the best player in the NBA. He didn't hesitate.
"Derrick Rose," the Chicago Bulls point guard said confidently.
Good. Great. Yes! Completely and absurdly wrong? Of course. LeBron James is the best basketball player on earth, by a long stretch, but that isn't the point. The point is that for more than a year during which he's been sidelined by an ACL tear in his knee, Rose had been a faded, broken version of himself. This week, at long last, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player finally sounds like the guy who captivated the game two years ago.
He missed his team's end of the 2012 playoffs, hobbled with that inj...