Derrick Rose has one of the greatest come-up stories in NBA history. As a kid born and raised in Chicago, being drafted by the Bulls was a fairytale in itself. Rose was soft-spoken, reserved, and didnít bring too much attention to himself.
That held true until he began to dominate the NBA in only his third season. The 22-year-old became the youngest MVP in NBA history, a remarkable feat as well as a treasured memory for his loyal home-town fans.
However, things would quickly go downhill for Rose, following the end of the 2011-12 regular season. In the final minutes of a playoff game, he suffered arguably the most tragic injury in basketball. Rose tore his ACL and sadly has never been the same since. He came back a year later with the Bulls, but fans and coaches alike could instantly tell it wasnít the same anymore.
Rose didnít have his unguardable explosiveness anymore, and the injury seemed to have shaken up his confidence too. After the 2015 season, Chicago delt Rose to the New York Knicks. At the time there was speculation on whether Rose had pushed for the move, but recent news has clarified that it was exactly the opposite.
Derrick Roseís agent B.J Armstrong was quoted saying this on the Bulls Talk Podcast:
ďHe never wanted to get traded from Chicago. He loves the City of Chicago. That will always be home for him. I know how bad he wanted to win in the City of Chicago. He is Chicago.”
Clearly, leaving the Bulls was never the intention of Rose. In light of this news, Roseís story only feels more melancholy. He suffered a devastating setback and was traded from his hometown.On the bright side, Rose appeared to have finally found a role in the NBA for himself after years of struggling.
This year with the Detroit Pistons, Rose has been putting up 18.1 points and 5.6 assists per game, encouraging numbers for the 31-year old. Although his prime may be behind him, Rose has still put together a Hall Of Fame worthy career and will go down in history for his memorable MVP year.