After getting traded by the only team he knew in seven seasons, Derrick Rose has mixed emotions. That’s because Chicago is not just a franchise he played for; it’s his home.
He will miss the Windy City no doubt and the persons he’ll be leaving behind but the former NBA MVP is ready to embrace the change.
“I feel like something special is going to happen,” Rose said. “I really don’t know what, I just feel like something special.”
The Bulls traded the former MVP and No. 1 overall pick to the Knicks on Wednesday, with center Robin Lopez and point guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant going to Chicago. Rose was introduced at a press conference at Madison Square Garden on Friday, still adjusting to his new life.
“It still don’t feel real,” Rose said. “Driving in and just seeing my name on the billboard, or seeing my picture on the billboard or on the screen outside of the building, kind of blew me away a little bit. It probably really won’t hit me until I step on the floor and actually have a jersey on.”
The new jersey will have a new number, as he’s switching from the No. 1 he wore in his eight years with the Bulls to No. 25. That was his number at Simeon High School, which the best player traditionally wore in honor of star player Benji Wilson, who was murdered in 1984 before what would have been his senior season.
Rose said that switch was “all for Chicago”, but he will give New York all that he has got.
“I guess we’ll have to see how this one year goes, but I’m putting my all into this,” Rose said. “I’ve been working my butt off as far as my work ethic and we will have to see.”