Bulls almost didn’t take Derrick Rose No. 1 overall because of his brother’s past
On Thursday, “Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story” finally aired on Stadium. The documentary revealed many previously-unknown details about Rose’s life, career, and relationships. The point guard was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the first overall pick in 2008. But the Bulls almost passed on Rose, due to reasons completely outside of his own control. Via Stadium on Twitter:
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Allan Rose: “We received a call from Chicago. Chicago told Derrick that they really wanted to pick him, but it’s some background history with his brother, talking about me.”
Derrick: “If he sold drugs, if he was a felon. At the time I couldn’t take it because it’s like, is it me that’s getting picked or is it my brother that’s getting picked?”
Allan: “He might not be the number one pick because of some mistakes I made in my life. But Derrick told the Chicago Bulls, ‘If you can’t accept my brother, don’t pick me.'”
Allan Rose dealt with legal troubles both before and after Derrick was drafted. According to CBS Chicago, in 2002 Allan was charged with manufacturing and delivering cocaine near a school. He pleaded guilty and served two years of probation. Then, in 2011 he was arrested for misdemeanor reckless conduct charges. An arrest warrant was issued after he failed to appear in court.
But his brother’s legal issues did not affect Derrick’s NBA career. He was incredible for the Bulls from day one, named the Rookie of the Year in 2008-09 and the Most Valuable Player in 2010-11.
The 30-year-old spent last season as a semi-regular for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He still averaged 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Unfortunately, his season was cut short due to an elbow injury that later required surgery. According to Spotrac, Rose will be eligible for free agency this offseason.