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Derrick Rose may not be an official Chicago Bull anymore, but Chi-Town still has love for him. The former league MVP, recently dropped 50 points against the Utah Jazz. This was a career-high for him since entering the NBA.
Rose’s promising career went south after tearing his ACL in his left knee in 2012 then tearing the meniscus in his right knee in 2013. After that he went from being a Bull to playing with the New York Knicks, to playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers and now the Minnesota Timberwolves.
This 50-point game brought back flashes of what Rose was once capable of. He looked like a true point guard, being a floor general and showing the younger players how to coordinate a team. He went absolutely crazy the second half, scoring 34 points in the second half and 15 in the first. He did all of this with injured player Jimmy Butler watching from the sidelines along with other teammates who cheered him on.
I grew up watching Rose on the bulls. He was magical floating and gliding across the court. In this game he looked like himself again. Even Kobe Bryant reacted to it on Twitter saying, “It’s about damn time the real @drose stood up. LOVE seeing you back my brotha.” Bryant was in the league when Rose would become the youngest MVP of all time.
The thing that made this most memorable was his weirdly familiar family that was on the Bulls. If you think about it, the last year he was on the Bulls Tom Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler were there just like now. You can see the fire in his eyes as he shot the go-ahead free throws to reach point 50. Timberwolves fans chanting “MVP! MVP!” constantly as he rallied the Wolves against the Jazz 128-125 on Halloween night.
During his interview after the game, Rose began to cry and broke down saying “I worked my A$$ of for this.” The fans cheered after every sentence.
I love Rose and his relationship with Chicago, and I’m happy to see that he finally got what he deserved–a 50 point game. Rose is proof that hard work and determination really do pay off.
By Michael Muse, Freshman, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep