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Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose
Position: G
Born: 04/10/88
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $20,093,064
Sam: Those who read me here and elsewhere know I’ve had a great fondness for Rose the player and person. What I appreciated most—even though I cannot ever say we were close as he didn’t have many friends outside the game—was the way not only he handled the brutal series of injuries, but on top of that the doubts about himself and his character, the condemnation of him personally about things he said more than he did. I never once–as I’ve seen many players strike back angrily at anyone in the media or public–despite what at times seemed like obvious attempts to bait him or embarrass and humiliate him for sport seen him respond in kind. I saw this with Sammy Sosa and he retreated completely. Rose never did. He would answer his meanest inquisitors in the media and community with the same respect he showed his most fawning admirers. It’s an admirable trait and showed the true nature of his character advanced from his critics. He was often naïve with the media and an innocent in many ways, really only dedicated to playing basketball.
I remember once time early in his career as he was becoming the best player. The team had lost and he had left the locker room early. I usually don’t do those things, but I caught up with him outside and said if he was the best player there was the obligation to be there when things went bad more than if they were good. He said he didn’t know. He then marched back in and did interviews until every reporter had asked every question. I saw him frequently leave the locker room and have reporters running late and ask them if they needed anything and then stop for another 10 minutes. He was the only star Bulls player since Jordan’s pre-1993 retirement who did media interviews before games. He retreated from media some the last few years as the condemnations and injuries grew, but he still remained accessible and friendly and never critical of anyone. I’ll miss that kid who only wanted to play the game.
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Derrick Rose: My phone was ringing and ringing, but I had no idea. It was on silent. I was in the middle of an interview, cameras on me. I couldn’t make this up: I was talking about Chicago. The city, the basketball scene I came up in. How that city raised me, made me the man I am today. A few minutes later I peeked at it and saw the notifications — missed calls, text messages, voicemails, all from my agent BJ. I called back and he told me: I was about to be traded to the New York Knicks. “It might happen,” he said. That means it’s going to happen. He wanted me to be mentally prepared.