We’ve seen a lot of outstanding and very talented players watch their careers stall or end due to nagging pains and injuries, preventing them from becoming the most dominant players of their respective eras.
Guys like Brandon Roy and Greg Oden are clear examples of that, as both were destined to achieve great success in the NBA, but couldn’t shake off their “crystal bodies” and eventually had to quit their dream of becoming NBA Champions.
Over the course of the last 5 seasons or so, we’ve seen another player go downhill at the peak of his success, taking a lot of steps backward just when everybody thought they would create a dynasty, the former Chicago Bulls and Chicago native Derrick Rose.
Rose took the league by storm since day one and even carried the Bulls to one of the most impressive and dominants seasons any team has had in awhile, but after he got injured against the Philadelphia 76ers in the playoffs, he just wasn’t his old self, and never managed to stay healthy again.
So, after Gar/Pax finally got tired of waiting for Rose to get back to his MVP form, the Memphis product took his talents to the Knicks in a deal that also took Joakim Noah to Madison Square Garden.
Nevertheless, it seems like Phil Jackson’s decision to bring the former stars to the Garden didn’t actually pay off, as Noah was never able to stay healthy and Rose just isn’t willing to playing the triangle, neither is he suited to do so in the foreseeable future.
Besides, the former MVP is reportedly looking for a very high salary and it’s very unlikely that any serious NBA team is willing to take the risk, considering the fact that Rose’s prime is far behind him and he could be better off as a substitute at this point in his career.
So, if Drose wants to win an NBA Championship, he should look forward to making a move to a contending team, even if that means taking a lot of less money. Having said that, we’ll take a look at the 3 best choices for Derrick to go to if he wants to become a champion.
San Antonio Spurs
Surprisingly, Rose is just 28 years old, and even if he seems a bit washed up at this time, he can still bring a lot to the table, especially on a team where he’s likely to be rested a lot and play on a system that could actually suit his style quite well.
On top of that, Tony Parker’s on his way out of the league sooner than later, and Patty Mills is set to become a free agent, and considering how well the sharp shooting Aussie point guard has played over the last few seasons, he could very well be on his way out of Texas as well.
The Spurs are arguably the most reliable and consistent team in the Association, and you know that whenever Popovich is on the sidelines, you’ll have a pretty decent chance to become an NBA Champion even if you don’t have a huge paycheck at the end of the month.
Los Angeles Clippers
Doc Rivers is also another guy that could definitely provide you with a great chance to compete for an NBA Championship, as the veteran coach has shown through his successful career, and the Clippers could be a very interesting choice for Rose.
Of course, Rose’s arrival would most likely represent the departure of Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers, but that’s a risk we’re pretty sure Rivers is willing to take, as pairing Rose with Jamal Crawford would definitely boost one of the most balanced second units in the league.
Having said that, Rose would have to be ok with taking a back seat to let Chris Paul be the main guy with the rock on his hands, so that could be an interesting issue considering how ball dominant Rose has been through his career.
Golden State Warriors
A complete no brainer, as Steph Curry and company are also likely to be one of the top teams in the NBA for a while longer, or as least while Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson stay alongside Curry.
On top of that, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston are both going to be unrestricted free agents during the next offseason, and even if they could very well stay at the Bay, Rose could be a great addition to a very dominant team that wants to get even better.
Besides, he could actually earn a bit more money here and his chances would be higher, but once again, it’ll mean that he would have to be ok with a lesser role and not being on the spotlight, so at the end of the day, it’s all up to him.