56 Inspirational Derrick Rose Quotes On Life, Injury and Basketball

Player name: Derrick Rose, American professional basketball player.

Derrick Rose (born October 4, 1988) is a professional basketball player from the United States. Rose grew up in Chicago and attended Simeon Career Academy. The Chicago Bulls selected Derrick with the first overall pick in the 2008 draft.

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Inspirational Derrick Rose Quotes on Life, Family & Struggle

  1. If you want to be great, you’re going to want pressure. – Derrick Rose

  2. Either it brings you down or you’re going to use it as motivation to pick you up. – Derrick Rose

  3. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. – Derrick Rose

  4. A great sacrifice is locking in and everybody looking at you like you’re crazy. You gotta fight. That’s life. Even when you get money, you still have to fight. – Derrick Rose

  5. Take some time to figure out who you are and what’s your purpose. – Derrick Rose

  6. My whole life, all I had was my family, a ball, and a dream. – Derrick Rose

  7. What’s the most important thing in life? To me, it’s family. If you take away the fame & fortune they’re the ones that will always be there. – Derrick Rose

  8. My whole life has been nothing but trying to find a way to take care of my mom and take care of my family as quickly as possible. – Derrick Rose

  9. If I had everything my way, I probably wouldn’t work as hard as I work. – Derrick Rose

  10. Pumped gas, shot hella dice and hooped for bread… not knowing that one of them hustles would help me change and set standards for the triune family I’m building. – Derrick Rose

  11. Stay locked in through the struggle. belief and fear can’t coexist inside you. Pick a side, build your strategy and remember nothing even matter but family. – Derrick Rose

  12. The routes I took to get to my goals were different then how I envisioned them but the end of every struggle was the same. – Derrick Rose

  13. Everybody goes through adversity at some point, especially some point in their career and it’s all about how you take on that adversity. – Derrick Rose

  14. I always live by the five P’s. Proper preparation prevents poor performance. And I’m always making sure that I’m prepared so I’m just blessed and fortunate to be here, back here again. – Derrick Rose

  15. A lot of people think I’m depressed because of what I’m going through. It’s the total opposite. I learned from my mistakes three or four years ago when I put myself into a shell. – Derrick Rose

  16. Spiritually, emotionally and mentally. You know when you have them three things clicking, I feel like that’s when I play my best basketball. – Derrick Rose

  17. Nothing even matters! Is time real??? Are you doing or being? Are you living in the unknown? Are you living in a familiar past or predictable future? Can you fight through the struggle? The body will have you doing a lot of unnecessary activities instead of finding out who you really are but being is your Torah on earth. – Derrick Rose

  18. I always lived in the unknown but I didn’t know while I was making my decisions. I bet on myself. My belief and actions were leading me to my dreams and knowledge of self. – Derrick Rose

  19. This experience we call life will always challenge you to your core. Especially if you are trying to master your craft. – Derrick Rose

  20. Hate, jealousy, spurious love will always be around the corner. They want you to stop at that chapter. Shake that off and smile because you are a blessing. – Derrick Rose

  21. They always gonna hate because they are dealing with pain, misery, insecurities, fear and they don’t know the real you. – Derrick Rose


Derrick Rose Quotes on Injury

  1. I remember it. I remember everything. – Derrick Rose

  2. I remember jumping in the air and coming back down and just that popping sound. I felt it tear when I laid all the way out and it just let go. – Derrick Rose

  3. I could get hurt 10 more times — I’m never going to stop…I play a unique way of playing basketball, I can’t change that. – Derrick Rose

  4. Without pressure, I wouldn’t be the player that you see playing on the court like you saw before the injury. – Derrick Rose

  5. I couldn’t walk. I was in pain. My hamstrings were on fire. They had to block the nerve in my leg, so when that nerve block wore off, the pain came. It felt like someone was hitting my hamstrings with a sledgehammer. – Derrick Rose

  6. I’m a loner. I’m used to do everything myself. For someone to help me out in a physical way, it was different. – Derrick Rose

  7. After my surgery, I wasn’t able to bend my leg at all. For me, just to bend my leg was a blessing. – Derrick Rose

  8. You’re going to have nagging injuries here and there. It’s all about just being professional about it, getting treatment and staying on top of your treatment every day. – Derrick Rose

  9. You need a break sometimes just to find out who you are. – Derrick Rose

  10. I had to figure out who I was and my path was hard, my path was pain, but everybody’s is different and I was able to get through that. – Derrick Rose   


Motivational Derrick Rose Quotes on basketball

  1. People always would put people in front of me. I always had to fight my way to the top. – Derrick Rose

  2. Hard work isn’t enough. You got to believe. – Derrick Rose

  3. Find out who you are, master something and find a way to express whatever you’ve mastered. It’s all about your perception. – Derrick Rose

  4. Never thought this 22 ounce ball would allow me to travel the world and set a standard for my family. – Derrick Rose

  5. With all this hard work I’ve been putting into my game, I’m doing stuff I never did before, I gained 10, 11 pounds of muscle. I don’t know what type of player I’m going to be. I just know that I’m going to be very good. – Derrick Rose

  6. It’s one thing to have a passion about the game. But when you start bringing emotions into the game, I think that’s when you can really get in trouble. – Derrick Rose

  7. If you have greatness in you, the city is going to find a way to make it come out no matter what you’re doing. – Derrick Rose

  8. I have high expectations for myself and as player and a businessman and I want to continue to grow as a person to help me achieve all of my goals. – Derrick Rose

  9. It takes 10,000 hours to master any craft. That’s 10 years. You have to dedicate your whole life to something if you love it. – Derrick Rose

  10. Gotta take it one day at a time, one shoot around, one practice, one game and try to get better every day. – Derrick Rose

  11. I fought to get where I’m at and just trying to stay focused on what’s ahead. – Derrick Rose

  12. The game is in me. That is why I am here. It’s a part of my life. – Derrick Rose

  13. How much I dedicated and sacrificed in my life for this game. Nobody will be able to understand that. I put in too many hours. Nobody will ever understand it. – Derrick Rose

  14. I appreciate everything. I’m mindful of everything. I’m just staying in my routine that I’ve been doing for the last 10 years. – Derrick Rose

  15. I still am a winner. I still love learning the game. – Derrick Rose

  16. The game looks easy because of how hard you work, that is greatness, I believe. A lot of people overlook that. – Derrick Rose

  17. Winning takes care of everything. – Derrick Rose

  18. I perform well when there’s pressure. I perform well in the biggest moments, that’s just how I believe I am. – Derrick Rose

  19. We found a way to put a sphere shape object into a peach basket that’s 10 feet high. It’s only 400 people that can do that on a high level out of billions of people. Blessed??? Yes! Appreciative??? Yes! But I’m teaching my kids how to grind. – Derrick Rose

  20. Time has a funny way of speeding you up and making the body do stupid s*it, you lose touch on how blessed you are. You start comparing your life to others. – Derrick Rose

  21. I wanted to prove everyone wrong but after a while I had to let that go and understand the career and the path I was heading down and I can’t play that way. When I’m out there I love to be happy. I try to win every game or compete in every game now and that’s when I play the best basketball. – Derrick Rose

  22. Everybody’s not going to love the way I play, everybody’s not going to like every decision that I make and I know that through life. – Derrick Rose

  23. It kills me when people try to predict my career when they can’t predict the weather. So how they tell me what my career is gonna be when you can’t tell me if it’s gonna snow a ring tomorrow. – Derrick Rose

  24. The only thing that has changed in my game is the confidence. My confidence grew as a player. – Derrick Rose

  25. I just have a pure love for this sport, and I have a relationship with this ball, like that’s my first girlfriend.– Derrick Rose



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