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The Rose Resurgence

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Earlier this year, New York traded center Robin Lopez, guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to Chicago, in return Bulls received guard Justin Holiday, Derrick Rose and a 2017 second-round pick back to the Knicks. This trade not only changed the NBA landscape but also those who those who never imagined Rose in anything other than a Bulls Jersey

Chicago-born Rose spent his first seven seasons with the team he grew up watching, the Chicago Bulls. It was a dream of us since he was a little boy growing up on the south side of Chicago in the Englewood neighborhood. He attended Simeon Career Acadamy where he won a State title and was named an All-American and Illinois Mr. Basketball. After one season as a Memphis Tiger under college coach John Calipari, Rose was ready for the NBA.

Derrick would be selected number one overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Bulls, fulfilling that childhood dream of his. He stepped right into the role and made an immediate impact. His debut year earned him the Rookie of the Year honors. Each year he built on from that. His 2010-2011 campaign was his most remarkable season of them all.

The 2010-2011 Derrick Rose lead Bulls had a league leading 62-20, their first 60 win season since the 1997-1998 team. At season’s end, Rose became only the third player since the 1972–73 NBA season to record 2,000 points and 600 assists in a single season. The other two players were LeBron James and Michael Jordan. Rose averaged 25 points, 7.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and a steal over the course of his 81 regular season games that season On May 3rd, Derrick Rose became the youngest MVP at 22 years old and 6 month. He also joined Michael Jordan in becoming only second Chicago Bull to earn this honor.

The following season, Rose suffered an ACL tear in Game 1 of the playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers. The season that followed were an up hill batter for him but he didn’t let his struggles pull down. He sat all the 2012-2013 season. His 2013-2014 season was also cut short after tearing his right knee meniscus against the Portland Trailblazers late in November of that season. He would then again miss the rest of the year.

At this time for him it was tough. He was dealing with another injury and as someone who already experience a major injury, he knew what it would take to get back. He kept in the right mindset and put all his focus on making back not only for his self but for his family, friends, teams, and all those who root him on day in, day out.

He came back for the 2014-2015 season ready to play. He played in 51 regular games, the most he had played in since his MVP season. He suffered another injury that season which sidelined him 20 games after learning he would need knee surgery. He would later make it back to play in his first playoff game that season for the first time since his 2012.

His 2015-2016, he took a leap and showed he was here to play and has a lot of basketball left in him. A preseason left orbital bone fracture saw Rose begin the regular season wearing a face mask. He moved on and played well considering all he has went through in his career. A handful of games that season, shadowed that “vintage” Rose that we all once saw. Despite the losses, on December 18, he scored a season-high 34 points in a 147–144 quadruple overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons and on February 5, 2016, he had a season-best game with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists in a 115–110 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

This past summer, Rose and the rest of the world discovered he was headed to New York. At first, people were skeptical. Rose has remained optimistic about this opportunity to continue his career and play alongside his longtime teammate Joakim Noah as well as current Knicks like Carmelo Anthony and Kristap Porzingis.

“You can put me anywhere and I know how to play the game of basketball. I can’t get mad at people for how they criticize my game and the way that I play, or the way that I used to play. I know I’m great, and that’s it.’’ -Derrick rose

Rose switched up his jersey number this season and now wears 25 in honor of Simeon’s Ben Wilson, whose life was cut short. So far this season, Rose has played great basketball. He has averaged 15.8 points, 4.8 assists, and 4 rebounds over the course of his first 14 games with the Knicks.

On Monday, Rose sealed the Knick 107-103 win over Portland with a smooth jumper.

New York is currently 7-7 and 7th in the Eastern conference. Plenty of basketball left to play but so far Rose as performed at level we have not seen in quite some time and that should make all fans of basketball very happy. No matter where he is at, Rose is a guy who has that winning attitude and wants to give those watching everything he’s got.