Derrick Rose Presser
What became noticeable in his words and actions over the past few years is that Rose’s passion for the game has changed. Having watched his basketball life flash before his eyes several times since that fateful playoff game in 2012, Rose doesn’t look or sound like someone who wants to live and die with the game anymore. Some people in the city believe the money from his mega-max contract and 13-year, $185 million Adidas shoe deal changed him. For his part, Rose has said that fatherhood and the bond he’s formed with his son, P.J., have altered his outlook on the game. Whatever the reason, Rose evolved into a different player. Glimpses of brilliance were still there on certain nights, but the virtuoso performances were not.
The reality of Rose not being in a Bulls uniform anymore wasn’t a shocking turn of events. Privately, Bulls executives have been ready to part ways with Rose for months. Aside from the distraction some of his public statements caused, the feeling within the organization was that Rose was no longer a special or durable player. To many, after all the injuries, Rose had become just another point guard in a league full of mediocre point guards. The trust Rose created between the franchise and the city his first few years in the league was gone.
#Knicks say Derrick Rose will wear the number he donned at Simeon High, 25, which he wore in honor of slain Chicagoan.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) June 23, 2016