Derrick Rose Rumors

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Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose
Position: G
Born: 10/04/88
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $7,317,074
Rose and Noah were teammates on the Bulls and New York Knicks. Rose says Noah is a free spirit, loving guy and wants his son — PJ — to grow up like Noah. The closest teammate I’ve had—other than Randall Hampton in high school—was Joakim Noah, and that’s where Arthur Ashe comes in again. A lot of people don’t mess with Joakim because they think there’s some bad shit that comes with him or just how outspoken he is or whatever. For me, I can respect that, knowing everything about him, like for him to be who he is and act the way he is. It’s an amazing story behind it. I actually want my son PJ to grow up to be like Joakim. You know, a free spirit, a loving guy. Joakim loves people. He’s just a great role model. And his story is special. And think of Jo. To be this silver-spoon kid, his dad is a big star, rich and famous, and he don’t want nothing to do with that. Like, “Nah, I’m doing my own thing.” Gets multiple contracts by himself when he easily could have lived off of his pops forever. His pops could’ve got him jobs. But he didn’t want that. He’s got his own individuality. That’s what I love about Jo, how he created something on his own.
Rose denies those rumors in his book and says he even bought Butler a $15,000 watch once as a gift to show the swingman he supported him. I always was cool with Jimmy, no matter what they were saying in the media. I was always cool with all my teammates. That’s what it is having teammates. I never had a problem with Jimmy. No confrontation, no argument or anything. In fact, when Jimmy had his trade stuff come up in Minnesota, he was confiding in me and I was counseling him, understanding what he was going through, how it wasn’t right. People always wanted to make it something between me and Jimmy in Chicago, wanting to see us go at it…Nah, nothing like that with me and Jimmy…Remember, I did buy him that watch that time with the Bulls. Just to show, “Bro, I ain’t whatever they may be saying.” It was light love for a teammate. I think it cost like $15,000. When you’re the veteran, sometimes you have to spoil your teammates.
Derrick Rose: There were times during a game where we would play free. And it didn’t matter what we did. We’d end up coming back, and Phil would be like, “What’s that?” I remember one time we beat Boston and he told Hornacek he didn’t like the way we finished that game. We ended up winning the game. Melo got kicked out the game or something like that, something crazy, but Phil didn’t like the way we finished that game. It’s like, “Damn, in the league you’re happy to get a win.” Most coaches come in and they’re like, “That was ugly, but bring it in! Enjoy your night. Nothing crazy tonight.” You know what I mean? Enjoy it because it’s hard to even get one win in this league. I’ve talked to Kobe [Bryant] about the triangle — you saw it with the Bulls and [Michael Jordan], you can do it and it works — but we were a new team with new players and a new coach, and because of Melo and the way he played, we needed to do something now, and you need some time with that offense.
Derrick Rose: I feel like I played great, but then had to have surgery again at the end of the season with the Knicks. By then I had changed my way of thinking. I really was in a great place. I wanted to be a Knick. It was just I had to have a surgery again. I had to prep myself for a rehab again. But I was now working with Judy Seto, this great lady who worked for the Lakers, the Dodgers, and I knew I would come out of this right. I should have said something to someone that I was leaving to go home that day, but it was me just being me, me doing what I wanted to do. Looking back, I understood it probably worked against me with them. They felt they couldn’t trust me, maybe. I wanted to go back to my family. Phil knew they — the Knicks — wouldn’t have understood where I was coming from. Phil was always the coolest for me to deal with. But even my family didn’t understand where I was coming from at that time. That’s why I really needed to do what I wanted to do. And then come back because it was what I wanted to do after we all talked about it.
Rose also reveals he wasn’t able to celebrate the Bulls championships because he was too young to go outside at night. Rose grew up in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago — Englewood. “At that time, I wasn’t 6-6, our games wasn’t similar, so I really didn’t like look up to him like that because I was always outside just working on my game and it ended up paying off for me,” Rose told Dan Patrick on the Dan Patrick Show. “I knew that we were winning championships, but I wasn’t able to celebrate that because I was too young to go outside to celebrate with the people that was running on the streets after a championship. So, they’ll win a championship, my brothers are outside, and I have to sit in the house and look from the window and see everybody on the street celebrate.”