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Anthony Davis claims Derrick Rose is still one of his favorite players to watch

Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis says Detroit Pistons star Derrick Rose remains one of his favorite players to watch in the NBA.

Davis, a Chicago native, grew up watching Rose in The Windy City:

“Rose is still one of my favorites to watch. Even when I was considering — well, I wouldn’t say consider, but I had the thought of leaving Perspectives — it was actually probably going to be (for) Simeon because of Derrick Rose,” Davis said, via NBC Sports Chicago. “He’s one of the guys who I think every guy underneath him looked up to because of the things he did for the city.”

“His love for the game has brought him back. You know, he could have easily [taken] the out and quit or retired or whatever, but he made sure he stuck with it, and now he’s the best player for the Pistons, man. He got his game back. Obviously you saw something about [the Lakers] trying to get him, but he’s a guy who’s been very very great for the game of basketball.

“D-Rose is back. Him being from Chicago, me being from Chicago, I was happy for him, happy to see him doing well.”

With the Pistons this season, Rose is averaging 18.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. He’s shooting 49.0 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 85.9 percent from the free-throw line.

The Lakers had an interest in acquiring Rose at the trade deadline, but the Pistons were only going to trade him if they got a first-round pick in return.

Rose actually lived in a crack house for a little bit as a kid. His upbringing in Chicago was a lifestyle no kid should have to go through.

As he has gotten older, Rose has become more open. He published a documentary that came out last April and released an autobiography in September with the help of Bulls Hall of Fame writer Sam Smith.