Skip to main content

Rose: "I didn't know if I wanted to hoop anymore."


Derrick Rose already had one of the most prominent "what if" careers in the past 20 years. MVP in 2011 (LeBron is still salty about that), and then his ACL tear in 2012 that started a long period of recovery and injuries mounting on top of each other. One of the things motivating him to stay positive during all that rehab was the fact he was fortunate to get drafted by his hometown Chicago Bulls. Being in Chicago meant a lot to Rose.

We got to see the very moment he found out he got traded and how hard that hit him. The Bulls traded him to the Knicks for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, and Jerian Grant. It was clear they were getting rid of Rose. He coped the best he could and with time embraced he will play as a Knick.

At a certain point, it became too much for him and Rose went AWOL. Nobody, including the Knicks, didn't know where he was. Later we learned he went to Chicago to be with his mother and was dealing with significant nostalgia and homesickness. In his new book "I'll show you" rose shared how he lived throughout those days. 

I actually loved my experience being in New York. Cool place. With the way things were the last couple of years in Chicago, I saw I needed a break.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

When I left the Knicks that day in January 2017, that’s what it was about. I just needed to go home.

I went to the crib with my mom. Everybody came over to the house to talk. That’s the first time, one of the few times, where we sat down as a whole family and had a serious discussion like that.

I had decided I was done playing. I saw the same thing that was happening with the Bulls was going on with New York. I could tell that the season wasn’t going to be the season everyone thought, that I thought. I didn’t know if I wanted to hoop anymore. Especially when it started to feel like a business. Of course, you know it’s a business. They always say that. But you know it’s also hoopin’. But it had started to feel like all business, no joy. That’s when I wanted out. I wasn’t having fun.

Derrick stressed the importance of his family to him and how they were the ones that convinced him to go back to New York and play. HE would later have a renaissance, most notably with the Timberwolves and his amazing 52 point performance on October 31.

To think we were so close to never see him on the court.

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook hasn't committed a turnover in two games, and it's the first time in his career

Los Angeles Lakers Russell Westbrook hasn't committed a turnover in two games following their victories over the Portland Trailblazers and Milwaukee Bucks

Zach Lowe & Kendrick Perkins

Come on now Perk, I don’t want to fight with you Perk" - Zach Lowe goes in on Kendrick Perkins' MVP list

ESPN's Zach Lowe disagrees with Kendrick Perkins' MVP list that includes Indiana Pacers' Tyrese Haliburton and not Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley’s guarantee that the USMNT would beat the Netherlands in the 2022 World Cup aged like sour milk

Barkley guaranteed that the US would beat the Netherlands, and promptly caught a lot of flak after they failed to do so

Stephon Marbury as a member of the New Jersey Nets in 2000

"They picked the wrong coach at the time" - Stephon Marbury on why the 2004 USA Olympic Team failed terribly

It is unknown if Starbury and Brown ever ended their feud which began at the 2004 Olympics.