Derrick Rose addresses possibly returning to Bulls, getting No. 1 jersey retired
Does that mean the former MVP would consider signing with his hometown Chicago Bulls? Maybe, but that’s still a long ways from now.
However, Rose admits he has thought about his No. 1 Bulls jersey getting retired by the franchise one day:
"I'm open to anything after that year's up."
— Derrick Rose on if he'd consider returning to #Bulls after his contract expires with Pistons after the 2020-'21 season
— 670 The Score (@670TheScore) February 13, 2020
— Chris Tannehill (@ChrisTannehill) February 13, 2020
With the way things ended with Rose and the Bulls, it’s hard to see the Chicago native playing in his hometown again. After becoming the youngest MVP in NBA history in 2011, Rose underwent three knee surgeries with the Bulls. He was eventually traded to the New York Knicks in the offseason of 2016.
Bulls fans have seemed to gravitate toward Rose again, though. He received “MVP” chants from the United Crowd last season when the Minnesota Timberwolves came to town, and the same thing happened this year when the Pistons came to the UC. He also just got similar chants at a book signing in Chicago on Thursday.
If LeBron James can go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers after his 2010 decision, Rose can certainly go back to the Bulls. With the way Chicago is struggling in the post-Jimmy Butler rebuild, having a guy like Rose on the roster could at least get fans interested again.
As for Rose’s No. 1 jersey going up in the rafters next to Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, odds are it will eventually happen once Rose retires from the NBA. Michael Carter-Williams and Anthony Morrow tried to wear No. 1 with the Bulls after Chicago traded Rose, but both players were hit with social media angst from Bulls fans and decided not to wear it.
So, essentially, Derrick Rose’s number with Chicago is unofficially retired already.