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So we can finally put all those “these things came back before Derrick Rose did” jokes to rest. Over 500 days passed since Rose last electrified the league with his one-of-a-kind game that made you wonder less if you were watching a basketball player and more an artist painting a masterpiece on the court. And his comeback was punctuated by several plays that made you believe that not only was he back physically, but also mentally. Needs to work on that jump shot, though…

Rose’s comeback isn’t over by any means, but adidas had to be sighing a huge breath of relief as their superstar debuted the adidas D Rose 4. The NBA’s preseason got off to a great start this weekend with some great stuff from our usual suspects like Rose, Kevin Durant, Nick “aka Swaggy P aka I Am Legend aka Young Mamba” Young, Nate Robinson and many more.

Images courtesy of Layne Murdoch, Jeff Clark, Frank McGrath, Bill Baptist, Thomas B. Shea, Noah Graham, Andrew D. Bernstein of Getty Images/NBA Entertainment.

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