What Happened to Derrick Rose?

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Fans raved about Rose’s rousing start in the NBA, and the Bulls franchise was hoping for another dynasty after Michael Jordan retired.

A Rookie of the Year awardee, a three-time member of the NBA All-Star team, an MVP, and the Bulls was in the playoffs all in four seasons. However, Derrick Rose’s ACL injury in 2012 sat him out for the rest of the season and the following year.

Know how Derrick Rose warmed the bench after becoming the youngest MVP.

What is Derrick Rose Known ForWhat is Derrick Rose Known For?

Derrick Martel Rose was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 4, 1988. Derick was raised by a single mom Brenda Rose and was the youngest of four siblings.

Youngest NBA MVP

Derrick led the Bulls to a 62-20 record in the 2010-11 season and was the top seed in the playoffs. At 22 years old, Derrick was named the youngest NBA player to win the MVP award, replacing Wes Unseld and the youngest to win in runaway fashion. In the same season, Derick was on the NBA All-Star roster and a member of the All-Star NBA First Team.

NBA Rookie of the Year

Rose was the first pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2008 NBA draft. He earned the Rookie of the Year Award, averaging 16.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.3 APG, and 0.8 SPG, and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Injury Prone

It’s sad to see a great player like Rose succumb to injuries plaguing him throughout his career. You name the injury, and Rose almost has it from a right hip flexor in his rookie year to a knee injury with his current NBA team, the Knicks.

In the first round of the 2012 Eastern Conference playoff  against the Philadelphia 76ers, Rose came down hard tearing the ACL in his left knee. Derrick Rose’s ACL injury did the Bull’s in for a shot at the title.

Rose’s style of play requires a lot of jumping, driving, and hustling, straining the knees.

Top Finisher

Derrick follows in the footstep of Michael, a Bulls player finishing in the Top Ten in assists and points in a season.

High School Years

Rose entered Simeon Career Academy in 2003 but wasn’t allowed to play high-school ball for the Wolverines until his sophomore year due to the standing rule of coach Bob Hambric: first-year students are not allowed on the varsity team.

When the gates were opened, Rose let loose with a season average of 19.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 8.3 assists, and 2.4 steals leading the Wolves to a 30-5 record in his sophomore year. The team suffered a loss ending the season, but Rose’s performance was rewarded with a Third Team All-American spot.

Rose was sensational in his junior year in 2006, leading the Wolverines to a 33-4 finish and the championship. His efforts earned him multiple awards, including an All-State Illinois mention, All-American Second Team pick, and an All-American selection.

In 2007, Rose showed his basketball prowess against the competition spearheading the Wolverines’ charge to a 33-2 season highlighted by the Public League Championship. The two-peat marked the first team to do the feat.

Overall Simeon had a 120-12 record while Rose played.

College Career

When Derick finished high school, several colleges had their eyes trained on him for their basketball programs. Eventually, the University of Memphis Tigers got Derrick’s nod despite strong efforts from Indiana University and the University of Illinois.

The Tigers beat the UCLA Bruins in the Elite Four to arrange a title showdown with the Kansas Jayhawks for the March Madness crown. With Derrick beefing up the lineup along with veterans Joey Dorsey and Chis-Douglas Roberts, the Tigers romped to a 26-0 binge to take the top spot in the South Region and qualify for the 2008 Big Dance. Derick missed a crucial free throw in the second half with 2.1 seconds left for the win. Instead, the game went into overtime for a Jayhawks victory 75-68.

After the season, Rose announced that he would not play the remaining three seasons at Memphis. Instead, he will join the 2008 NBA draft.

SAT Controversy

The NCAA sent a letter to Memphis a month after the loss to Kansas stating that Rose’s SAT score at Simeon Career Academy was invalid. The letter was followed by another one saying Memphis knew someone else took Derrick’s SAT for him. A news item circulated that Rose’s score was replaced with a C from D. 

There was an exchange of notes between Rose’s high school and college administrators, officials of the Chicago Public Schools district’s Board of Education, and the NCAA committee. During the investigation, allegations popped up regarding Reggie’s, Derrick’s brother, free travel expenses with the team on numerous occasions.

A decision was reached by the NCAA committee declaring Rose’s ineligibility. More weight was given to Reggie Rose’s free travel expenses than Derrick’s SAT score. The NCAA canceled Memphis’ 2007-08 season in 2009.

Overview of His NBA CareerOverview of His NBA Career

Derrick Rose is a 14-year veteran wearing four different jerseys with the Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, and the New York Knicks.

The Bull pinned their hopes on Rose to bring the Glory Days back to Chicago after Michael Jordan retired from the game. Rose didn’t disappoint, and he started on a high note winning the Rookie of the Year Award and as a member of the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2009.

In his first two years, the Bulls made the playoffs.

Making the playoffs seems routine for Rose, but the 2010-11 season was special. Rose was voted NBA MVP, and the Bulls made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. They beat the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks for the right to play Miami Heat in the finals. The Bulls bumped into a wall from the Miami Heat’s triumvirate of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade. The Heat won the series 4-1 and were the eventual champions.

Season 2011-12 marked Rose’s second consecutive year as an All-Star starter. And it was also his ACL tear year. A bad fall against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of playoffs tore his left ACL. It was a season-ending injury extended to the 2012-13 season.

Rose returned to play in 2013-14, but it was short-lived. In a regular game against the Portland Trailblazers on November 22, Rose suffered a right knee injury. The misfortune required surgery, and the franchise announced his inability to play for the whole season.

It was back to the playoffs for Rose in season 2014-15. The Bulls defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round but faced his archenemy Lebron James now wearing a Cavaliers uniform, in the second round. The Cavs beat the Bulls 4-2 and won the NBA Finals.

Rose played his last season with the Bulls in 2015-16, was traded to the New York Knicks in 2016-17, signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2018-19, transferred to the Detroit Pistons in 2019-2021, and is now back wearing a Knicks jersey from 2021 to present.

What Happened to Derrick RoseWhat Happened to Derrick Rose?

Derrick Rose started his NBA career with a bang, winning the Rookie of the year award and being a member of the NBA All-Star Rookie team. The Bulls never missed a playoff spot, but everything changed on April 28, 2012. What happened to Derrick Rose?

The Bulls were up by a dozen against the 76ers with over a minute remaining when Rose fell hard. He was not in contact with anyone, but the impact of the fall blew out his knee, tearing his ACL. Rose needed surgery to repair the damage and had to sit out the rest of the season, and the Bulls were out of the playoffs with the 76ers winning in six. Rose needed more time to heal; he sat out the whole 2012-13 season.

Is Derrick Rose RetiredIs Derrick Rose Retired?

Derrick Rose is still actively playing for the New York Knicks and retirement is far from his mind. Rose wants to walk away whenever he wants to and smile while doing it.

At 34, Rose plays less in the Knicks rotation but is still a valuable trade piece for playoff contenders looking for a reliable ball handler. Four teams are potential suitors for Rose, including the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Sacramento Kings.

How Did Derrick Rose's Injury Affect His CareerHow Did Derrick Rose’s Injury Affect His Career?

Rose’s final season as an All-Star was in 2011-12. Due to a torn left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL),  he missed the playoffs and the entire 2012-13 season. Rose could never replicate his MVP year and was traded to other teams.

Rose’s career has not progressed as he and his fans expected due to his explosive beginning. From a go-to guy to a backup guard with the Knicks, Rose reflects someone past his prime.

Wrapping Things Up: What Happened to Derrick Rose?

Derrick Rose’s ACL injury sat him out for the 2012 season, and the following year his career dwindled and dashed the hopes of the Bulls franchise for a championship. Injuries throughout his 14-year career hounded him.

The good thing is Rose is still playing, and teams are still interested in his service. Rose will give fans memorable moments that will last for a lifetime.

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