Derrick Rose is Now a Knick
Derrick Rose poses for photographers with his New York Knicks jersey during a news conference at Madison Square Garden, Friday, June 24, 2016 in New York. The Knicks introduced Rose, the former NBA basketball MVP they acquired from the Chicago Bulls. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
The Chicago Bulls hope to get a championship this season so they traded their former NBA Most Valuable Player, Derrick Rose, to the New York Knicks on Wednesday.
Rose was drafted first pick of the first round to the Bulls from the University of Memphis in 2008. Rose continued playing with the team for eight consecutive years.
“It hurts not playing with my team anymore and being away from my son but I know everything is out of my control”, Rose said.
But Rose was not the only one that was traded, he will be joining his Bull’s teammate Justin Holiday. “I hope I can finish my career here but you never know what is going to happen with this business,” said Rose.
In 2011, Rose won an MVP with the Bulls. The starting guard played in 81 games and helped this team achieve a record of 62 wins during his third season before his surgery.
During the 2012-2013 season he tore his left ACL and chose to sit out that entire season.
At the age of 27, Rose has had a few knee injuries and rehabilitations, but this season was his healthiest year since 2012.
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This Chicago native will now be wearing a new jersey and a new number with the New York franchise.
“Number 25 was all for Chicago.” Rose said. He explains that Chicago made him into the person that he is today and he wants to keep that legacy there. “I want to bring something from Chicago out here with me, that is one of the reasons why I chose number 25,” Rose continued to say.
This season was the first time since 2008 that this three time NBA All-Star player did not take his team to the playoffs. “This summer is about conditioning and getting my rhythm again,” said Rose.
Rose also said that he is honored to be traded to this franchise. “I feel like something special is gonna happen,” Rose said.
Now with Carmelo Anthony, small forward and nine times NBA All-Star, will have a chance to play with another NBA All-Star. Rose will also have a chance to play with the players such as Kristaps Porzingis, Arron Afflalo, Sasha Vujacic, and Derrick Williams.
The New York Knicks has not won a championship since 1973. Knicks President Phil Jackson is hoping to bring a championship to the Madison Square Garden Arena this season and will also try to gain another superstar with Kevin Durant as a free agent this summer to play with Rose and Anthony.