After all Derrick Rose has endured with the Chicago Bulls, it makes sense that a fresh start with a new team would be better for him. Somewhere he could build himself back up again, maybe even be the star player.
But in a Q&A with ESPN’s Nick Friedell, Rose made it clear he wants to finish his career with the Bulls.
Friedell: You told me a long time ago you never wanted to play anywhere else. Is that still true?
Rose: That’s still true. Still true. Just having my son [P.J.], I’m doing all this because of my son now, you know? Just wanting to be around him every day, having him come up here, shoot with me or see me shooting til he’s able to become a ball boy. Little things like that I think about long term. Just trying to get him groomed, trying to get him used to being in the environment.
Friedell: You want to retire here still.
Rose: For sure, for sure.
Rose began his career with the Bulls in 2008 as the first player selected overall out of Memphis. He led Chicago in scoring in two of his first three seasons while battling minor injuries. But in 2011, things took a turn for the worse when he suffered his first major injury – a torn left ACL that caused him to miss the entire 2012-13 season as well. Rose suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee the following season after just 10 games played, and the same injury occurred the season after that.
Rose has gone through hardship, to say the least. But he remains loyal to his hometown despite the team changing its identity. The Bulls’ success no longer rests on the shoulders of Rose but on the shoulders of 26-year-old Jimmy Butler, who made his first All-Star team last season and won Most Improved Player. Butler is the future in Chicago, not Rose.
Rose’s contract expires after next season, so the Bulls have some time to decide what to do with him going forward. He wants to stay, but they may have other plans.