It’s been a long two years for Derrick Rose. It feels like a lifetime ago the Chicago Bulls point guard became the youngest MVP in league history. A lifetime ago he had his hometown Bulls three wins away from its seventh NBA Finals appearance. A lifetime ago since we saw Rose sprint coast to coast and elevate with ease for his patented two-handed slam. It’s been a lifetime since Chicago had its best player since Michael Jordan in uniform. He’s kept a low profile since tearing his ACL for the second time in two years last November. Quietly rehabbing. Patiently plotting his return. Rose has been on a mission to return to the top of the basketball world. On Friday night we finally got to see where Rose is at. During the USA Basketball’s Blue versus White scrimmage Rose showed that he may be back and better than ever: He has said that he is gotten better, not physically, but mentally. He knows how to use his body now. No more barreling into the lane, but more jump shots and floaters. It isn’t that he doesn’t still have the bounce. Friday night he showed the world his bounce is more than fine. He’s maturing as a basketball player, learning how far to push his body. We have seen what reckless play has done to players. Look at Dwyane Wade. Those hard drives to the lane add up. Hopefully Rose and the rest of Team USA go injury-free at the FIBA World Cup and Rose remains healthy for the remainder of his career. With Rose at one hundred percent the basketball is more fun. The game of basketball and all its fans miss Rose almost as much as his hometown Chicago. Thankfully it looks like we all don’t have to wait much longer.