Derrick Rose grew up in Englewood, Illinois, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago. Between 2001-16, there were 4,282 reported shootings where the point guard and his family lived. Fortunately, the Rose family got out of Englewood in 2008 when Derrick was drafted by his hometown Chicago Bulls.
Rose’s three older brothers protected him so he wouldn’t get into drugs or join a gang. They all figured that sports would be the only way to keep their younger brother out of trouble, and they were certainly correct.
Rose became a streetball legend in Chicago, not only thanks to his talent but also because of how tough he was.
Derrick Rose broke his arm, came back to court six hours later
In Rose’s documentary, the Chicago native talked about how he broke his arm one day after being taken out of the air and told his mom that he fell out of a tree so she wouldn’t stop him from playing. The former Bulls superstar went to the doctor, got his arm put in a cast, and returned to the court nearly six hours later.
“I didn’t break it falling out of a tree,” Rose said. “I was on the court. I go up for a rebound. I end up getting taken out of the air, and I landed on my left elbow. I ain’t wanna tell my mom it came from basketball. I thought that she was gonna try to like stop me from playing. I still played. With the cast on. I was still playing.”
Rose used his toughness and determination to earn a spot on the Simeon Career Academy basketball team. He played four years there and won back-to-back state championships. After graduating high school, Rose played one year of college basketball at Memphis before entering the NBA in 2008.
Bulls drafted Derrick Rose with first pick
The Bulls drafted Rose with the first pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. The explosive guard averaged 16.8 points and 6.3 assists as a rookie and won the Rookie of the Year Award.
Rose put up 20.8 points and 6.0 assists per game in his second season and made the All-Star team, becoming the first Bulls player since Michael Jordan to play in an All-Star Game. The Memphis product followed up his sophomore season by making NBA history in his third year.
During the 2010-11 season, Rose averaged 25.0 points and 7.7 assists and led the Bulls to the best record in the NBA. He won league MVP and became the youngest MVP in NBA history (22 years and 191 days old on the final day of the regular season).
Unfortunately, the 2010-11 season was the last year Rose remained healthy with the Bulls. He tore his left ACL in the 2012 playoffs and missed the entire 2012-13 season. The three-time All-Star then tore his right meniscus 10 games into the 2013-14 season and underwent season-ending surgery.
While Rose did appear in 51 games in 2014-15 and average 17.7 points and 4.9 assists, he tore his right meniscus again and went under the knife for the third time. The one-time MVP’s final season with the Bulls was in 2015-16. He suffered an orbital fracture in training camp and finished the campaign with averages of 16.4 points and 4.7 assists.
After playing for the New York Knicks in 2016-17, Rose split time with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves in 2017-18. He was out of the league for nearly a month after the Utah Jazz waived him, but Rose signed with the Timberwolves in March 2018, and the rest is history.
Windy City Assassin rejuvenated his career
Rose rejuvenated his career starting in the 2018 playoffs. He averaged 14.2 points and 2.6 assists for the Timberwolves and used that as a stepping stone for the 2018-19 season.
In 51 games for Minnesota in 2018-19, Rose averaged 18.0 points and 4.3 assists. He also scored a career-high 50 points against the Jazz in October, which was fitting since Utah waived him.
Rose played for the Detroit Pistons in 2019-20 and averaged 18.1 points and 5.6 assists. He returned to New York in 2020-21 after the Knicks acquired him in a trade. The 2008-09 Rookie of the Year put up 19.4 points and 5.0 assists per game in the 2021 playoffs and likely made Chicagoans proud for never giving up on his NBA dream despite all the injuries he suffered.