Chicago Native to NBA MVP
Famed former Bulls basketball player, Derrick Rose, is one of the biggest names in basketball. He was born October 4th 1988 in Chicago, Illinois. Rose’s three older brothers, Reggie, Allan, and Dwayne, taught him how to play basketball. Rose played high school ball at Simeon Career Academy where he landed in the national spotlight. Through his efforts against the nation’s top teams, he garnered such awards as the USA Today’s National High School Player of the Week. In college Rose played for the Memphis Tigers for the 2007-2008 season. His basketball IQ, slick moves, and leadership helped lead the Tigers to a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Shortly after in 2008, Derrick Rose decided to enter the NBA draft. In spite of unbelievable odds, the Bulls landed the #1 pick and the hometown kid. Rose thrived in his first year in the NBA and helped lead the Bulls to the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. In April 22, 2009 Derrick Rose was named Rookie of the Year. Then in May 3, 2011 he received the MVP Award.
Despite the various injuries Rose has amassed, he still plays fearlessly on the courts. On June 22, 2016 Derrick Rose was traded to the New York Knicks. New York traded center Robin Lopez and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant. The chairman of the Bulls, Jerry Reinsdorf, said the trade was a “hard one” to make. In an article on espn.com, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and general manager Steve Mills said that the team was interested in upgrading its point-guard position in the offseason. For them the decision of acquiring Rose was set in stone. Despite the trade and an uncertain future, Chicago natives say farewell. Without a doubt Rose’s legacy and the memories he left will be remembered for years to come.
Sources: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16427840/new-york-knicks-acquire-derrick-rose-chicago-bulls & drosehoops.com
Written by: Karina Bran