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Derrick Rose discovers joy and is playing his best basketball

New York Knicks' Derrick Rose drives between Milwaukee Bucks' Thanasis Antetokounmpo and Pat Connaughton during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Milwaukee. Credit: AP/Morry Gash

MILWAUKEE — Mention the word and the Zen-like calm of Derrick Rose will turn sour, bristling at the notion that his play now, at 33 years old and 14 seasons in the NBA, is showing signs of "Vintage Rose."

He is 11 seasons and a countless procession of injuries removed from the 2010-11 season when he became the youngest Most Valuable Player in NBA history at 22 years old.