Perhaps you've heard, but Derrick Rose put on a 2011 Derrick Rose mask for Halloween before scoring 50 points on Wednesday. The youngest ever NBA MVP seven long years ago has gone through multiple knee surgeries, trades, quitting on the Knicks and Cavs, and a civil trial for rape before unleashing his usual assortment of layups, runners and jumpers for what was a historic performance. With Jimmy Butler resting, Rose's scoring explosion helped the Timberwolves get back to .500 on the season with a thrilling 128-125 win over a tough Jazz team.
His post-game interview got emotional, with Rose breaking down as he tried to sum up what he was feeling after the performance.
Every corner of the NBA reacted on Twitter after his remarkable night.
Even his old team did.
Stars past and present spoke out about Rose's big night as well.
LeBron wants to make Rose President and compared him to a superhero.
Jamal Crawford even thinks Rose's MVP season was the best ever by a point guard.
The media lapped it up, too:
Most intelligent observers rightfully predicted over the last couple of years that Rose would be the first MVP in league history to miss out on the Basketball Hall of Fame. It required a second act that's led to the redemption narrative in his third act, and the rape allegation can't simply be expunged from the story like so many legacy media outlets—and sexy up-and-comers—did last night.
It's certainly OK to be happy for Derrick Rose, but to applaud his story and omit what he's coming back from is deeply irresponsible.