Derrick Rose: "I'm way more explosive"

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Chicago Bulls points guard Derrick Rose believes that he has improved since the start of the pre-season.

Derrick Rose has claimed that he is "way more explosive" now than at the start of the pre-season.

The point guard, who missed last season with an ACL injury, scored 22 points during the Chicago Bulls' 96-81 win over the Detroit Pistons last night.

The 25-year-old told ESPN: "I think I'm way more explosive now. Like getting to the rim. I think I can take contact a little bit better. And as far as jumping-wise, I think I can jump even higher. They tested my vertical, I increased it by 5 inches. I just didn't show it yet because there's no need to.

"The biggest thing is after you have an ACL or any injury, it's the mental part, and for me not to think about anything no more and actually be reacting to the defense and the offense, it feels great knowing that I'm safe.

"I feel normal right now. I'm not worried about anything. I don't have any aches or have any nagging injuries or anything. I'm really taking care of my body and really preparing myself for this long season."

The Bulls play the Indiana Pacers tomorrow.

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose warms up before a game with Philadelphia on February 8, 2013
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