Derrick Rose Received Astounding Praise From Trae Young Confidant: ‘He Still Does Go Down as One of the Best’

Derrick Rose had a legendary career at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois, winning two state championships and Mr. Basketball of Illinois in 2007. He was such an attraction that students would come to games early to watch his pregame dunks, which were stunning.

One of Rose’s old high school pregame dunks made the rounds on social media recently, and Atlanta Hawks All-Star point guard Trae Young’s dad, Ray, couldn’t believe how spectacular it was. Ray also made it a point to give Rose his flowers.

Trae Young’s dad on Derrick Rose: “He still does go down as one of the best”

Ray reacted to one of Rose’s pregame high school dunks by tweeting, “This is in high school ya’ll. I repeat, this is high school.” Rose was an athletic specimen in high school and did things on a nightly basis that defied physics.

After playing one year of college basketball at Memphis, Rose entered the NBA as the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2008. He was selected by his hometown Chicago Bulls and made an immediate impact, winning the 2008-09 Rookie of the Year Award by averaging 16.8 points and 6.3 assists.

Rose made NBA history in his third season by becoming the youngest MVP in NBA history. He averaged 25.0 points and 7.7 assists and guided the Bulls to the best record in the NBA. Unfortunately, the three-time All-Star has undergone four knee surgeries since winning MVP and is no longer a superstar in the league. However, that didn’t stop Ray from respecting Rose’s place in the history books.

“He still does goes down as one of the best IMO,” Ray tweeted to a fan who said, “If he doesn’t get hurt he goes down as one of the best basketball players to ever live.” It sounds like Ray is a huge Rose fan, but he may not be the biggest one in his family.

Trae Young loves Derrick Rose

The Hawks and New York Knicks faced each other in the first round of the 2021 playoffs. Atlanta won the series in five games despite Rose averaging 19.4 points and 5.0 assists. Young was unguardable in the series, putting up 29.2 points and 9.8 assists per game while shooting 34.1% from beyond the arc.

After the series, Rose praised Young’s game, and the Hawks star greatly appreciated the support from the 2011 MVP. He tweeted, “This is love. If @drose only knew the impact he’s had on my career. Respect! #TheresOnlyOneRose.”

Rose is revered by his contemporaries since he won an MVP at 22 and has never given up on his NBA dream despite suffering several injuries. Since winning MVP in 2011, the Chicago native has undergone seven surgeries and was out of the league for a little bit during the 2017-18 season.

Thanks to Tom Thibodeau and the Minnesota Timberwolves, though, Rose rejuvenated his career in 2018-19, and the entire NBA was happy for him after what took place on October 31, 2018.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Rose to the Utah Jazz at the 2018 trade deadline. Utah then waived the veteran guard, and a team didn’t immediately pick him up. However, the Timberwolves signed Rose in March 2018, and the rest is history.

D-Rose averaged 18.0 points for the Timberwolves in 2018-19 and scored a career-high 50 points against the Jazz on October 31. From LeBron James to Stephen Curry to Scottie Pippen, the NBA community congratulated Rose for overcoming all the adversity he went through to score a career-high against the team that waived him.

Young is one of the many young players in the NBA who grew up watching Rose. It certainly must have been special for him to face the Bulls legend in the 2021 playoffs and receive positive comments from him.

It looks like Trae, though, may have to compete with his dad to be the No. 1 Rose fan in the Young household.