How He Rose To The Challenge: Inside Derrick’s Rollercoaster Career

In my personal opinion, Derrick Rose was once the greatest player in the league, and then the unthinkable happened. He’s coming back slowly but surely, but not without a fight.

In my personal opinion, Derrick Rose was once the greatest player in the league, and then the unthinkable happened. He’s coming back slowly but surely, but not without a fight.

After the first pick in the 2008 NBA Draft Lottery fell to the Chicago Bulls, they decided to pick up their hometown hero Derrick Rose. Their hope was to find another star worthy of being tied to the other NBA greats to play with the Bulls like Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan. After Jordan left, Chicago only made the playoffs 3/10 years (NBA). In the first two years that Rose played, his team went 41-41 and made the playoffs both times! He won the NBA Rookie of the Year award his first season. This guy was a rockstar!

Something ironic in this situation was that in Derrick’s third NBA season, he asked at the media day why he couldn’t win league MVP. That might have seemed like a pretty arrogant statement at first (for a third-year NBA player to expect an MVP award), but he ended up making that goal come true.

Rose became the youngest player in NBA history to win an NBA MVP award at 22 years old. He became just one of two players on the Chicago Bulls to win MVP and ended LeBron James’ streak of winning the award two years in a row. And I mean LeBron was on the heat so he was putting up some pretty good stats.

In that season, Derrick Rose brought the franchise to the best record that it had accumulated since Michael Jordan, finishing 62-20. In that season, Rose played 81 games and averaged 25 points, 7.7 assists, and 4.1 rebounds! He was on top and it almost seemed like nothing could stop him — then the unthinkable happened…

During the 2012 NBA Playoffs Derrick Rose tore his ACL. He couldn’t play the rest of the following season because of his surgery, so he missed the whole 2012-2013 season. The next season Rose played 10 games and then injured his meniscus in his other knee and was out for the remainder of that season as well.

In the summer of 2016, Derrick was traded to the New York Knicks. There he found great success as well. In the 64 games he played, Rose averaged 18 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists (Basketball Reference). Bud sadly that season was cut short due to a meniscus tear in his left knee.

In the 2017-2018 NBA season, Derrick Rose was traded from the Knicks to the Cleveland Cavaliers. There he started 7/16 games he played. On that team he averaged 9.8 points a game.

Unfortunately , his time with the Cavs was cut short because he injured his ankle very severely. At this point he pretty much quit the NBA because of his frustration. If I was in his situation, I would most-likely do the same thing. But then when he hit rock-bottom, he collected enough willpower to override his negativity and joined the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He really bounced back in the last NBA season. On October 31 of 2018, Rose defied all odds and scored career-high 50 points and had a game-saving block!

How awesome is that! The guy who has faced countless hardship throughout his NBA career brought back his MVP talent to stun the world!

This year Derrick Rose will be on the Pistons and it will be a fun one to watch; But if there is one thing that I have learned after observing his career is that no matter how bad things may seem to be going, never count out a surprise from the Rose…

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By Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA – Derrick Rose, CC BY-SA 2.0,