By Jeff Case
The silence that surrounded much of Derrick Rose‘s 2012-13 season has been lifted practically since the Chicago Bulls were ousted from the playoffs by the Miami Heat. Shortly thereafter, Rose took to Bulls.com to in early July to update fans on his rehab process (hint: it’s going very well), told CNN International that he’s the NBA’s best player and gave Bulls fans hope for 2013-14 by dunking during his promotional tour in Europe (albeit on an 8-foot rim).
Suffice it to say that Rose is determined as ever to prove he’s still got the skills and talent that made him NBA MVP for the 2010-11 season. As he continues on his adidas promotional tour, the latest stop was in Japan. It was there that Rose took on three Japanese samurai and breezed past the trio for a two-handed jam that you’ll see below:
From there, Rose has some fun dismantling the defensive dreams of some on-lookers by breaking them down with a dribbling/crossover clinic to make his way to the basket.
Of course, putting fancy moves on samurai-dressed folks or everyday Joes isn’t the same as getting to the basket against the top-notch defenders Rose will face seemingly every night next season. But Bulls fans are surely thankful that this is another sign Rose is getting his legs back under himself.