Derrick Martell Rose has definitely left his mark in the NBA history books, playing for teams such as the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves among others. Having been drafted as overall first in the round one of the National Basketball Association draft in 2008, Derrick Rose has so far registered smashing records in the league.
Although his outstanding performance has been curbed by injuries for most of the seasons, his career highlights are still quite impressive which includes being the National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player in 2011, National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year in 2009 and equally being named to the All-National Basketball Association First Team. Aside from playing professionally in the NBA, Derrick Rose has also represented his home country, the United States on several men’s basketball competitions for which he has claimed two gold medals.
What Happened To Derrick Rose?
The basketball star who was born in Chicago, Illinois, on 4th October 1988 began playing basketball right from his high school days. He was an alumnus of Simeon Career Academy and while he was there, he averaged points: 25.2, assists: 9.1, rebounds; 8.8 and steals; 3.4. As a result, he claimed many accolades and titles including becoming a two-time state champion, Class AA Tournament Most Valuable Player twice as well as being named to the EA Sports All-American First Team in 2007.
After completion of his elementary education, Derrick Rose enrolled at the University of Memphis Tigers on scholarship, despite receiving offers from diverse universities. There, he also continued with his striking performances which made him one of the leading point guards in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, earning him the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament South Region Most Valuable Player.
He also gained a place in several honorary teams such as The National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 7 First Team, All-Conference United States of America First Team, National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament All-Final Four Team, among several others. He ended his collegiate career in a high note, averaging points; 20.8, rebounds; 6.5 and assists; 6.0 per game.
The famous point guard then joined the National Basketball Association team, Chicago Bulls after being selected as the first overall in the NBA draft in 2008. Derrick Rose played for the franchise for eight years during which he achieved incredible career statistics at the beginning before he began to encounter injury woes that thwarted his performance.
During the 2011-2012 season, he sustained knee injuries which deteriorated his style of play. Then in the following season, he damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee which prevented him from playing for the entirety of the season after undergoing surgery.
In the 2013-2014 season, Derrick Rose returned from injury and struggled with his performance. While trying to get himself back in the sport, unfortunately, he injured his right meniscus which kept him out for the rest of the season. However, he began playing again in the following season but his performance was still impeded by the knee injury which resulted to him missing 30 games in the 2014-2015 season.
In the next season, Rose began playing for New York Knicks, having been traded by his former club. In 2017, he underwent a fourth round of knee surgery after sustaining another knee injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. A few months later, the basketball star sealed a deal with Cleveland Cavaliers and there, he continued struggling with incessant injuries which caused him to be laid off by the franchise after one year.
In February 2018, he joined the Utah Jazz but was released by the National Basketball Association team two days later. Having been made a free agent, his former coach at Chicago Bulls, Tom Thibodeau who serves as the head coach of Minnesota Timberwolves acquired him in the following month.
Is Derrick Rose Coming Back or Retiring This Season?
Having experienced incessant injuries, Derrick Rose considered retirement as an option while at Cleveland Cavaliers as he was frustrated by the injuries. In July 2018, he re-signed a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves that will last for a season. However, in March 2019, he sustained a right elbow injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season. Following the expiration of his contract at the end of the 2018-2019 season, Derrick Rose sealed a recent deal with the Detroit Piston in July 2019 where he will continue with his playing career.