The rise and fall of Derrick Rose in Chicago
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The rise and fall of Derrick Rose in Chicago

Derrick Rose was supposed to be the savior that brought the Chicago Bulls back to their glory days and put them back on top of the NBA landscape. However, after eight up and down years in The Windy City, the Bulls elected to go into full rebuild mode and traded Rose to the New York Knicks. Even though Rose’s tenure in Chicago has come to an end, his highs and lows will always make for a remarkable story to look back on.

In 2008, the NBA went through a familiar narrative to 2003 in seeing the unlikely chances of a franchise winning the draft lottery and selecting a hometown kid to become the new city hero. Rose would end being selected No. 1 overall and would waste no time in making a name for himself in the league.

Rose averaged 16.8ppg on a 47.5 field goal percentage, 6.3apg, and 3.9rpg on his way to a Rookie of the Year award, becoming the first No. 1 overall draft pick to win the award since LeBron James. But despite his impressive rookie numbers, his most impressive showing came in his playoff debut. Rose would record 36 points (tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s NBA record for most points in a rookie playoff debut), 11 assists, and 4 rebounds in game 1 win against the defending champions the Boston Celtics.

The 2010-2011 season would go down as the season Rose bloomed into a superstar. The Bull’s brought in head coach Tom Thibodeau and the team would go on to win a league best 62 games and secure the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. Rose averaged 25ppg, 7.7apg and 4.1rpg and be voted the league MVP, becoming the youngest player to ever win the award at 22 years old. Despite the strong regular season, Rose and the Bulls would fall short of their ultimate goal of a championship and be eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals after running into their nemesis, LeBron James.

Derrick Rose MVP

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Rose would go on to be plagued by many nagging injuries. In game 1 of the first round series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Derrick Rose tore his ACL. The injury would hold him out the remainder of the season and the entire following season. Rose would make his return in 2013 and despite some initial rust, he showed glimpses of his old self, hitting a game winning floater over the New York Knicks.

The injury nightmares, however, were not over for Rose as he would go on to tear his meniscus twice and end up playing 100 of a possible 312 games over four years, and 61 games in his last season with the Bulls. Derrick Rose will start the next chapter of his career with the Knicks this upcoming season and it will be exciting to see whether or not he can bring that explosiveness to his game fans have come to expect from him.

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