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Derrick Rose says his love for Chicago ‘will never go anywhere’

Derrick Rose, Timberwolves

Derrick Rose may no longer play for the Chicago Bulls, but the Minnesota Timberwolves point guard still has a lot of fans in Chicago.

Rose grew up in The Windy City and became the youngest MVP in NBA history with his hometown Bulls back in 2011. Now having a stellar season with the Timberwolves, there’s a bevy of people in Chicago who are rooting for Rose and the 30-year-old says he really appreciates the love he gets from his hometown.

Derrick Rose is the early front runner for the Sixth Man of the Year award. The former MVP is averaging 18.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game for the Timberwolves and shooting 49.3 percent from the field, 47.8 percent from beyond the arc and 83.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Rose scored a career-high 50 points against the Utah Jazz on Halloween, a performance which captivated the NBA. The explosive guard has undergone four knee surgeries, but never gave up on his love for the sport and persevered through all the adversity which has come his way.

Along with being the best Bulls player since Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose is also a Chicago legend because of his decorated high school career atĀ Simeon Career Academy and the charity work which he has done in the city. Rose was named Illinois Mr. Basketball in 2007 and won back-to-backĀ Public League championships his junior and senior year.

D-Rose also donated $1 million to After School Matters,Ā a non-profit organization that provides life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities to more than 18,000 Chicago high school teens each year. He has also paid for multiple funerals in Chicago as well, so Rose’s connection with the Windy City is bigger than basketball.