I recently caught up with 2008-09 Rookie of the Year (and NBA 2K Draft Combine cover boy) Derrick Rose for a friendly game of simulated hoops, via NBA 2K10.
While we played, I also had the chance to chat with Chi-Town's finest about his gaming skills, his love of the 2K franchise, and more. Check it out!
Oh... I beat Rose, btw. 18-14 (it was a shortened game). Yeaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!
SIKIDS.com: How did you feel when you found out you were on the cover of the 2K Draft Combine download?
Derrick Rose: It’s an honor. When I was younger I used to always play. So I’m a pretty dedicated gamer. All my friends play. So to be on the cover, it’s great. I remember when NBA 2K was on Dreamcast!
SIKIDS.com: Do you play a lot with teammates?
Derrick: Nah. I play with friends mostly. Or anyone that comes over to the house.
Derrick: I played online one time. My friends, they just come over when I’m in town. Or we’ll all go to another friend’s house. No matter where we are, though, we keep a copy of 2K around.
SIKIDS.com:Do you ever play with friends online?
SIKIDS.com: How many copies of the game would you say go through in a year?
Derrick: Hmm… probably about 12.
SIKIDS.com: What is it about 2K that makes it the hoops game of choice for you?
Derrick: It’s just perfect. The way people are moving is realistic. They have the real play-sets. The signature moves are there. The way people really shoot, their form, and even the way they take layups… it’s all there.
Derrick: I’m supposed to be getting a briefcase with an Xbox inside it so that I can hook it up to any TV I’m near on the road.
SIKIDS.com:Do you play on the road?
Derrick: I didn’t even know about it! I saw Gilbert Arenas with one. You just open it, power it up, and go.
SIKIDS.com:Basketball players get all the perks.
SIKIDS.com: How do you think the 2K guys did with regard to capturing your abilities?
Derrick: They did pretty good! I can shoot a little better in the game. I didn’t look at my rankings, but they told me I’m an 83. I’m just honored to be in the game.
Derrick: They knew what they were doing [laughs]. They made my team better too. 74. That’s an improvement.
SIKIDS.com:You’ve gotta live up to that improved shooting now though.
Derrick: Way better.
SIKIDS.com:Better than last year.