Derrick Rose’s true thoughts on hearing MVP chants in Chicago despite no longer playing for Bulls
Rose, a Chicago native, won the 2011 MVP award with the Bulls, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to win the Maurice Podoloff Trophy.
Even though he plays for the rival Detroit Pistons now, Rose is still beloved by Bulls fans. The three-time All-Star talked about the love Chicago fans have shown him in the latest edition of his autobiography, “I’ll Show You.”
“Every game I play back in Chi I remember, because it’s love,” Rose wrote. “I loved it because the people really came out. Even when they talked s*** about me, I know it’s only basketball … The ‘MVP’ chants were amazing. I always appreciate the love because Chi made me the man I am right now; my family is there. It’s great having that feeling of the crowd. It’s home.”
Derrick Rose was actually booed by Bulls fans during the 2016-17 season when he first came back to Chicago as a member of the New York Knicks. However, since then, the former No. 1 overall pick has gotten standing ovations from the United Center crowd and countless MVP chants.
The best point guard in Bulls franchise history, Rose averaged 19.7 points and 6.2 assists per game with Chicago. He and Michael Jordan are the only two players in Bulls history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP with the team.