Derrick Rose spoke to the media on Saturday and he sounded like a man ready to prove his doubters wrong – and he's got a lot of doubters.
"This is how I feel about it, the whole perspective on it: You could have your perspective on me, as far as I'm a bum, I can't play, I can't shoot, this and that, all right, cool," Rose said, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.
"I have no hard feelings with that. I'm cool with that. If that's how you feel, that's how you feel, but at the same time, I don't need your f***ing validation. I know who I am, I know what type of player I am."
Rose played sparingly in just 19 games with the Cavaliers before traded to the Jazz on trade deadline day, and he was quickly waived and sat untouched until signing with the Wolves this week.
"I got (the burst)," Rose said when asked the explosiveness he was known for earlier in his career. "The last two places I've been in, they didn't need my services, that's the way I look at it. I was doing what I was supposed to do, they didn't need me, so I'm here. I was able to play, they just didn't play me the minutes."
Rose might not be the player who was the NBA MVP in 2011, but the last time he got regular minutes – last season in 64 starts with the Knicks – he did flash "the burst" and averaged 18.0 points per game.
Rose is expected to play Sunday when the Wolves host the Warriors. It's unclear if he'll start or come off the bench.