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Celtics forward Jayson Tatum agrees with Jabari Parker that Derrick Rose is a legend

Jabari Parker, Jayson Tatum, Derrick Rose

Jabari Parker was introduced to the media by the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, and for everything that was said during the event, one stood out from the rest: Parker’s passionate rhetoric in defense of the name and career of Derrick Rose.

When a reporter asked Parker what his thoughts are of Rose and “how high he [Rose] went” and “how low things got,” Parker did not take long to come up with a straightforward and articulate response, as though, he was a lawyer defending a client before a judge, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

“Derrick had no lows. He didn’t. Because he still maintained. Derrick is a legend, no matter what. I don’t like how you explained that,” Parker said in a response to a question about Rose’s fall from grace. “No rise and falls. Injuries are a part of life. Everybody has an injury, either athletics or normal life. Derrick is one of the best players to ever play the game and one of the best icons of Chicago. He accomplished his duty already.”

Meanwhile, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum seconded Parker’s take on Rose, retweeting a video of Parker’s monologue to go with a caption that recognizes Rose’s status as a legend in the NBA.

Unlike Parker, Tatum is not from Chicago. Tatum is from St. Louis, a sporting rival of Chicago, but that is not going to keep him from giving praise to one of Chicago’s finest basketball products.

Jabari Parker did not like the choice of words by the media member, but it was still a fair question to ask.

Whether Parker interpreted the question the right or wrong way, it must be heartwarming for Derrick Rose to hear a fellow Chicago-native NBA star passionately defending his honor. Parker and Rose are also products of the same high school, the Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, so the tight bond between Parker and Rose is always going to be there.