Home Sports Basketball For many NBA stars, the chase to be the best started with... SportsBasketball For many NBA stars, the chase to be the best started with beating the best March 31, 2020 4 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp From an early age, Derrick Rose had the kind of giddy-up that allowed him to move like a blur in the open floor, then explode toward the hoop so vigorously that defenders flailed as if they had been whipped by gale-force winds. Rose’s speed and athleticism separated him from the rest, until he learned in seventh grade that if he was going to be the basketball player he wanted to be, he was going to have to level up. He needed to get on O.J. Mayo’s level. Rose played Mayo in an AAU tournament back then and the outcome was not pretty. Mayo overpowered Rose, out-skilled him, embarrassed him and sent him back home to Chicago with a better understanding of what it took to be considered the best. At the time, Mayo was already dominating high school players in Kentucky – where middle schoolers are allowed to play varsity basketball – so he had a decided edge going up against fellow seventh graders. “I got a chance to play against Juice,” Rose said,… READ NEWS SOURCE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's powerful message: 'Our country is in trouble' The Big Ten’s New Boss Wants Players Talking About Big Issues Shut Out of Disney World, Where Do These N.B.A. Teams Go Next? W.N.B.A. Union Mulling Plans to Start Season as Early as July NBA Legend Michael Jordan Pledges $100 Million To Social Justice Groups Michael Jordan pledges $100M to African American organizations Oklahoma State Punished by N.C.A.A. for Role in Basketball Recruiting Scandal CJ McCollum speaks with players association about moving up dates for contact Details of NBA bubble capacity, daily testing revealed NBA player reps unanimously approve league's 22-team return plan Sources reveal details from Friday’s call with the players association Sources reveal details from Friday’s call between the NBA and player’s union LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.