Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Derrick Rose made headlines on Wednesday when he posted a career-best 50 points against the Utah Jazz - pacing his team to a thrilling 128-125 victory.
Rose's long history of knee injuries have been well-documented, having derailed the career of a young superstar who won the NBA MVP award back in 2011 when he was just 22 years of age.
He may be 30 years of age now, and perhaps Rose will never be a superstar again. However, the former Chicago Bulls All-Star has a message to share: He's not even closed to being finished.
"I'm making history right now," Rose said, via ESPN's Nick Friedell. "Like every time I touch the court is history. That's how I feel about it, right? And I feel like my fans and the people that watch, they can relate in some way."
Rose has been one of the few bright spots on an under-performing Minnesota team that sits at 4-5, with superstar Jimmy Butler expected to be traded soon. Rose is averaging 17 points, 4.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game - looking as good as ever since tearing his ACL for the first time back in 2012.
After signing with Minnesota late last season, Rose reunited with head coach Tom Thibodeau and Butler - who he spent several years with in Chicago. And so far, the results are showing for Rose with his old friends.
Rose stepped away from the Cleveland Cavaliers early last season, wondering if he'd want to play basketball again as the injuries began to take a toll on him. Rose opted to keep playing, eventually finding himself back in Minnesota.
Was the 50-point performance just a one-shot wonder? Or is Rose on the verge of piecing together an unlikely comeback story? That remains to be seen, but Rose seems confident in the latter.
"I always say, like, I quit a couple of times but never gave up," Rose said. "Like that's something I never did. I never gave up. I never threw in the towel. And it plays a role into, like, the character I have or the character I've built for myself."
The Timberwolves continue their five-game road trip with a contest against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.