Derrick Rose Cried When Bulls Traded Him to Knicks in 2016: ‘It’s Chi, Man. That Sh*t Made Me Who I Am’

The Chicago Bulls made a polarizing move in the summer of 2016 by trading Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks. Rose, who grew up in Chicago, became the youngest MVP in NBA history in 2011 and was a hometown hero. In 2014, the point guard donated $1 million to After School Matters, a Chicago-based non-profit organization devoted to providing innovative out-of-school programs for teenagers. Rose also paid for multiple funerals in the Windy City.

When the Bulls traded Rose, the three-time All-Star was actually shooting a scene for his documentary, Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story. Rose went outside of his house to talk to his agent, B.J. Armstrong, and was emotional about the trade since he was leaving his hometown team.

After getting off the phone with Armstrong, Rose went back into his house to finish shooting the scene. The interviewer asked the Memphis product how he felt about the trade, and Rose couldn’t hold back his tears.

Derrick Rose: “It’s Chi, man. That sh*t made me who I am”

Rose was in tears when the Bulls traded him to the Knicks. The 2008-09 Rookie of the Year cried while talking about the deal in his documentary. It was a powerful scene.

“I don’t know how to feel right now,” Rose said. “Like, I’m anxious but shocked. It’s Chi, man. That sh*t made me who I am.”

In 406 games with the Bulls, Rose averaged 19.7 points and 6.2 assists. He and Michael Jordan are the only two players in franchise history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP. Rose underwent three knee surgeries with the Bulls after winning his MVP, and his play dipped as a result. Chicago decided to trade Rose to the Knicks and build around Jimmy Butler instead.

On November 4, 2016, Rose faced the Bulls at the United Center for the first time and was booed by fans in pregame introductions and every time he touched the ball. Fans were likely upset about some of the strange comments he made about sitting out games in 2014-15 and everything that happened in 2012-13. Doctors cleared Rose to return from his ACL injury, but he didn’t play in the 2012 playoffs.

Rose had a tumultuous season with the Knicks in 2016-17. Although he averaged 18.0 points and 4.4 assists in 64 games, the Chicago native didn’t show up for a game against the New Orleans Pelicans and underwent his fourth knee surgery toward the end of the campaign. The Knicks fined Rose an undisclosed amount for missing the Pelicans game.

Rose signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2017. He only played in 16 games due to an ankle injury and was traded to the Utah Jazz at the 2018 trade deadline. The Jazz then waived Rose, and suddenly, the youngest MVP in NBA history was out of a job.

However, the Minnesota Timberwolves signed Rose in March 2018. Tom Thibodeau was the head coach and knew what Rose could bring to the table since he coached him in Chicago. Many Timberwolves fans didn’t like the signing, but they changed their tune quickly.

Derrick Rose rejuvenated his career with the Timberwolves

The Timberwolves went up against the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 2018 playoffs. Although they lost the series in five quick games, Rose played well, averaging 14.2 points and 2.6 assists while shooting 50.9% from the field and 70.0% from beyond the arc off the bench. Minnesota re-signed Rose in the summer of 2018 on a one-year deal, and the Windy City Assassin had a stellar 2018-19 campaign.

Not only did Rose average 18.0 points and 4.3 assists in 2018-19, but he also scored a career-high 50 points on Halloween against the Jazz, the team that waived him a season ago. The one-time All-NBA guard cried after his 50-point game since he knew how much work he put into his craft after undergoing four knee surgeries.

On December 26, 2018, the Timberwolves and Bulls played each other in Chicago. Bulls fans did not boo Rose. This time, he was cheered in pregame introductions and received MVP chants at the free-throw line. It was such a special moment that Rose smiled when he was at the charity stripe.

In the summer of 2019, Rose signed with the Detroit Pistons. Before the season started, he went on the Dan Patrick Show and detailed the real reason he cried immediately after the Bulls traded him to Knicks in 2016. It apparently had a lot to do with his son, P.J. Rose.

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Rose told Patrick he cherished the fact that his son got to shoot around with him 41 times a year at the United Center when he played for the Bulls. Rose’s three brothers, mom, and son live in Chicago, so he missed them after the Bulls traded him.

“That’s my life. Chicago, everything was there,” Rose said. “The first thing I thought of was my family and my son. I knew that like I cherish those moments. Like Steph (Curry) wouldn’t have been Steph if his dad didn’t allow him to be on the court when he was shooting. I love the moments with my son when I’m actually warming up, and he’s on the court on the side going crazy, or he’s passing me the ball. Those the moments I cherish because I know that growing up, he’s gonna cherish them also.”

Rose has received standing ovations and MVP chants every time he’s played at the United Center since that first time he went back and got booed. Bulls fans are clearly happy their former star player reinvigorated his career and is once again having success.