words // Nick DePaula

After a long wait, Derrick Rose finally returned to the NBA hardwood last night in Miami for opening night of the 2012-2013 season.

While the game didn't go quite as the Bulls had hoped and ended in a loss, Rose was back to his explosive self, slashing through defenders and getting to the rim and running out in transition.

For the much anticipated return game, DRose laced up the latest addition to the budding "Brenda" franchise of Rose signature shoes. A colorway that pays tribute to his mom, the red and black accents on the shoe helped showcase the Rose 4's drastic split look.

Check out Derrick Rose back in action below, and let us know what you thought of his return to the regular season.