Mothers, fathers, children and cuddly bunnies everywhere best stay out of Derrick Rose's way.
Talking about his current mindset, Rose cautioned that he shows no mercy while on the basketball court, according to the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson. Not even if he was playing against his own mother.
This is where I would normally go off on a long-winded, half-serious rant about how Rose would've benefited from a hug or two (hundred) more as a child. But Rose isn't your typical mommy-basher; he just really, really, really loves his job.
"Let me tell you something," he says in his latest Adidas commercial. "If you took away the money; if you took away the fame, the spotlight; if you took away the lifestyle and all the things that come with it; if you took away all the flash, what would you have left? Everything."
See what I mean?
Mama (Brenda) Rose shouldn't take offense to her son's brutally honest comment. Fierce competitors will say what they say, and that's the reality their primary caregivers must live with.
Rose's mom should just be happy that her son is speaking about their relationship in a tongue-in-cheek manner, as opposed to the lawsuit and litigation that Kobe Bryant found himself in the middle of with his parental units.
Really, this is just some good ol' fashioned, Derrick Rose fun. His competitive fire doesn't discriminate against anyone, family members included. You have to love a player that is committed to winning.
Especially when that player is Rose and you know he's just in need of a powerful analogy. All prior evidence suggests he's actually on good terms with his mother, and has no intention of harming her during a spirited game of one-on-one.
Off the court, it's hugs all around.