If you were watching last night’s Bulls-Knicks game, there are probably a few things you remember. Between Carmelo Anthony pouting when he didn’t get the ball in the post, the Bulls grabbing 1.6 zillion offensive rebounds and Amar’e Stoudemire looking like he’s 48 years old.
But the most memorable play was probably Derrick Rose’s dunk, a huge one-hander down the middle of the lane after yet another Chicago offensive board. It was a standard Rose power jam, but those are always fun. If you saw it, you remember it.
Derrick Rose, however, has no idea what happened. He totally missed that one. From the AP:
The playoff-type game was intense to the finish, coming to a crescendo on Rose’s fourth-quarter dunk that is sure to be featured on the nightly highlight shows. Rose had an angry expression on his face after the dunk, but said he didn’t really remember the play. He did, however, have an inkling about the look on his face.
“I kind of blacked out right there, I’ll have to watch it again,” Rose said. “I was probably mad because they wasn’t calling no fouls the whole game.”
This same thing happened to a friend of mine when he had to give a speech against James Carville as part of a competition to prove that his fraternity should be allowed to stay on campus. He killed the speech, dumbfounding the entire audience and winning the debate portion of the test for his frat bros. For whatever reason, even though he did something amazing, he had no recollection of this ever happening. The whole exchange is up on YouTube, go ahead and check it out.
The only reason I bring this up is to show that things like Derrick Rose not even realizing he just threw down a majestic dunk can happen. He was very frustrated with the lack of foul calls he was getting, got caught up in the moment and lost his mind at the exact time he was rising up for the dunk. There’s a state of being called “thoughtless awareness” that athletes sometimes inhabit, where they don’t even know what they’re doing when they’re doing it. Seems like Derrick Rose was there, even though he was also floating above a bunch of defenders.
When you really think about it, this means Rose crushed this without even knowing the rim was even there. Imagine what could have been if he had seen it.