Anthony Davis on Derrick Rose: “He is still one of my favorite players to watch”

Aug 1, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA Team Blue Derrick Rose (41) calls a play while dribbling the ball during the USA Basketball Showcase atThomas & Mack Center. Trailing the play is center Anthony Davis (42). Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

LA Lakers superstar Anthony Davis praised Derrick Rose, admitting that the former NBA MVP is still one of his favorite players to watch.

“Rose is still one of my favorites to watch. Even when I was considering — well, I wouldn’t say consider, but I had the thought of leaving Perspectives — it was actually probably going to be (for) Simeon because of Derrick Rose. He’s one of the guys who I think every guy underneath him looked up to because of the things he did for the city.

His love for the game has brought him back. You know, he could have easily [taken] the out and quit or retired or whatever, but he made sure he stuck with it, and now he’s the best player for the Pistons, man. He got his game back.

Obviously you saw something about [the Lakers] trying to get him, but he’s a guy who’s been very very great for the game of basketball. D-Rose is back. Him being from Chicago, me being from Chicago, I was happy for him, happy to see him doing well,” Davis said, via Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago.

Playing for the Pistons this season, Rose is averaging 18.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists.