Derrick Rose Gets Applauded For Debut On Cleveland Cavaliers Roster, But The Jokes Are Still On Twitter

NBA player Derrick Rose had a lot of people paying close attention to his performance in his big debut on the Cleveland Cavaliers roster. However, it appears as if Twitter is still not as forgiving as some longtime fans of the former Chicago Bulls star.

The 29-year-old former NBA MVP recorded a total of 15 points during the 14 minutes that he played Friday as the Cavaliers battled the Indiana Pacers. Even though the Indiana Pacers walked away from the intense game with a 106-102 victory, quite a few fans and critics were still impressed by Derrick Rose’s contribution to the team’s overall performance.

Derrick showcased a fairly decent distribution of points from the floor to get his final figure of 15 during Friday’s game in addition to his three rebounds, three assists, and one steal.

Derrick Rose may be starting the season as the starting point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, most people do not expect him to retain this position heading into the new year. That is primarily because of another star player that the Cavaliers acquired through an epic trade during the off-season – sending Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas.

Once Isaiah’s hip issue is resolved and he is ready to hit the court again, Derrick Rose will more than likely fade into the background of the Cavaliers roster. According to CBS Sports, Rose’s role on the team beyond Thomas’ return “is cloudy at best.” Unlike many of the leading roles that he has played in the past for the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks, Rose may have to get used to the somewhat humbling experience of playing a reserve role for the Cavaliers.

Most fans, critics and even players within the NBA know that Derrick Rose came to the Cavaliers with a record plagued in recent years by season-ending (and potentially career-ending) injuries. Once the news of the Cavaliers deciding to add Rose to the team roster for a one-year deal this season was confirmed, it did not take very long at all for quite a few people to express their disapproval and overall mockery of the decision through a seemingly endless list of memes, punchlines and doctored photos poking fun at the 2009 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Regardless of what people may think about him, Derrick Rose has already made it clear that he is not interested in changing the vast number of misconceptions circulating about him. The self-proclaimed introvert admitted in an offseason interview with the Associated Press that he is “stubborn” and enjoys moving at his own pace.

“As long as I’m not harming anybody, I feel like I’ve got the right to do that. People think that I’m cocky, reckless, unruly. That’s not me. That’s not who I portray myself as. But it’s not up to me to care or worry about that. My family and friends know the person that I really am.”

However, one thing is for sure. Based on Derrick Rose’s performance Friday, he is working hard to redeem himself in the eyes of his fans and critics. As long as he manages to stay healthy and off of the injured list himself this season, he could prove to be a valuable asset on the Cavaliers roster.

[Featured Image by Phil Long/AP Images]