Derrick Rose Made It to the NBA Partly Because He Didn’t Watch Michael Jordan Play While Growing Up in Chicago

Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose are the only two players in Chicago Bulls history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP. Jordan won the 1984-85 Rookie of the Year Award and the MVP trophy five times, while Rose won ROY in 2008-09 and became the youngest MVP in NBA history in 2010-11.

One of the most explosive point guards ever, Rose grew up in Chicago, Illinois. After a decorated high school career at Simeon Career Academy, where he won two state championships, Rose played one season of college basketball at Memphis under John Calipari.

The Bulls drafted Rose with the first overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft. It was an emotional moment for Rose and his family since the youngster got his family out of Englewood, the most dangerous neighborhood in Chicago, and was selected by his hometown team.

Since Derrick Rose grew up in Chicago, most people assumed he watched Michael Jordan and the Bulls as a kid. However, not only did Rose not watch Jordan play, but his lack of interest in sitting in front of the TV is one of the reasons he made it to the NBA.

Michael Jordan and the Bulls won six titles in the ’90s

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The Bulls won six championships in the ’90s thanks to Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Phil Jackson. Jordan won all six Finals MVPs against the LA Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, and Utah Jazz (twice).

Derrick Rose was born on October 4, 1988. Jordan won his first championship in 1991 and his final one in 1998. Rose’s three older brothers watched Bulls games on TV, but Derrick wasn’t that interested.

Since the Rose family lived in a threatening neighborhood, Derrick Rose’s mother didn’t let him celebrate the Bulls’ championships in the street with his brothers. That, along with his love for playing basketball, helped Rose get to the NBA.

Derrick Rose didn’t watch Michael Jordan growing up because he was always at the park

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Derrick Rose told legendary sportscaster Dan Patrick in 2019 that he didn’t watch Michael Jordan play while growing up in Chicago because he was always outside working on his basketball game at the park. That work ethic is the main reason why Rose got to the NBA.

“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.”

Derrick Rose is probably the only Chicago basketball player who grew up in the ’90s that didn’t watch Michael Jordan play. However, it wound up being beneficial for the former MVP and three-time All-Star.

Will D-Rose get his number retired by the Bulls like MJ?

The Bulls retired Michael Jordan’s No. 23 jersey. Even though Derrick Rose didn’t win a championship in Chicago, he’s still the best point guard in franchise history and the top player since the MJ era ended. As a result, many Bulls fans believe the organization should retire Rose’s No. 1 jersey.

In 406 games with the Bulls, Rose averaged 19.7 points and 6.2 assists. He’s 10th in franchise history in points (8,001) and fifth in assists (2,516).

Jordan, of course, is number one in both categories with 29,277 points and 5,012 assists.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.