“The rose that grew from concrete” describes the breathtaking story of Derrick Rose. Growing up at Englewood, Illinois to become the heralded kid of the NBA, fans watched in awe as Rose sprinted from one end of the court to the other to finish gravity-defying layups. Chicago felt as if they had the next Michael Jordan in their hands with the way the 22-year-old MVP played. However, in the first round of the 2011-2012 NBA playoffs, Rose tore his ACL.
This injury foreshadowed what seemed like the beginning of the end for Rose as he would continue to battle consecutive knee injuries until the end of the 2016-2017 NBA season. Fans lost more and more hope in the possibility of Rose returning to MVP form. However, they still believed he was not ready to retire just yet until Rose had joined the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Averaging 9.8 points per game with the Cavaliers, fans lost their faith in Rose because he was rumored to be considering retirement when he had taken a leave of absence as he was battling an ankle injury. Fans felt as if Rose should retire already lest he continues his disappointing NBA career.
At this point in his career, Rose had found himself hitting a new low after being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Utah Jazz. After being released from the Jazz, the youngest MVP was caught on camera practicing at a high school gym, which sparked social media outrage with comments repeating the same dreaded phrase, “retire.”
Rose was soon picked up by the Minnesota Timberwolves with Tom Thibodeau at the helm, whose presence foreshadowed the resurgence of Derrick Rose. After finally having an offseason where he was not resigned to an injury, Rose began to develop confidence within himself again.
Currently, Rose is averaging 19.3 points per game while shooting 50% from the field and 49% from beyond the arc. Rose has become deadly at midrange and his much improved three-point play has only forced defenders to guard him tighter, but his bursts of speed allow him to speed past defenders for an athletic finish at the basket. Playing at a calmer pace and no longer forcing shots like he once did in the past only further exemplifies the transformation of Rose’s basketball IQ and play style. For the veteran’s minimum, the Minnesota Timberwolves are getting their money’s worth while Rose finds peace with the organization. The rose that grew from concrete is beginning to bloom once again.