For whatever reason, three is a funny number. A special number.

While Derrick Rose rocks number “1,” and comes in at No. 12 on the SLAMonline Top 50, this will be his third year in the L. And as the saying goes, “The third time’s the charm.”

When you do something the first time, you’re just feeling things out, getting accustomed to them. By the second time, you’ve begun to make adjustments. But by the third time, you develop a sense of comfort, making a few minor tweaks to ensure that a fine-tuned product runs as smoothly as possible.

That’s where DRose is right now.

Full story over at SLAM.