Hailing from Maryland, Indiana, Arizona and China this group of NBA Draft picks are destined for greatness. Check in on NBA rooks: Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley, Eric Gordon, Jerryd Bayless and Sun Yue as they Command and Create for their new Brotherhoods. Follow their journey with the Rookiehood blog only from adidas. View allDerrick Rose Q&A
This has been your first long season -- how are you feeling coming into the playoffs? Derrick Rose:
The NBA season is so long. You really have no idea until you go through it. College doesn't even come close to the amount of games and travel that you go through as an NBA player. I'm still focused on team goals though, and will do anything I can to achieve them.
What role does Brotherhood play at this point of the season? Rose:
Brotherhood plays a strong role. Guys are worn out, tired, bodies hurting. This is the time when we have to come together, as Brothers, and really make a push for the playoffs. We continue to sacrifice ourselves in the name of our team.
Do you relish going up against the same teams, potentially, seven games each? Does it get tougher when teams know each other so well? Rose:
As a little kid, this is what I always dreamed about. This is it. This is as good as it gets. Playing in a playoff series is something you have to adjust to. Facing a team seven times is tough because they know your game and how you play, but being able to adjust and strategize, on-the-fly, is exciting.
You might have the unenviable spot of facing a No. 1 seed right out of the gate. Does that concern you, or will is it just business as usual? Rose:
Right now we're just focusing on trying to make the playoffs. If we get there, we'll worry about who our opponent is. That's the only way you can approach it. We've just got to do our job now, and be concerned with the present. adidas:
Will a strong playoff run cap your brilliant rookie season -- or do you think you've already proven yourself to the league and the fans? Rose:
I would love to make a deep run in the playoffs, and I think truly great players have success in the playoffs. I'm always trying to prove myself as a player -- I'll never stop -- and just because I've had a decent rookie year doesn't mean I have accomplished anything, especially when it comes to my Brotherhood. I'm more concerned about team than me. adidas:
You're a rookie -- but also a team leader coming into the playoffs, do you embrace that responsibility? Rose:
People who know me know that I don't talk a lot on the court. I try and let my game speak for me, and my actions lead.