Derrick Rose isn't a Chicago Bull anymore. It still feels weird to type out and it happened days ago.
The former Most Valuable Player is now on the Knicks after a trade that saw Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon go to Chicago in exchange for Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 2nd round draft pick.
Appearing today in front of reporters after the trade was finalized, the 27-year-old finally spoke about his move to the Big Apple, leaving the team that drafted him 1st overall in 2008.
Rose spoke with a sincerity we rarely see from professional athletes, offering up two words to the Bulls: "Thank you".
"I don't know why I was traded, but I would like to say thank you," Rose said.
The point guard even added that he feels he is going to be more appreciated at Madison Square Garden.
"I feel like they're going to appreciate me a little bit more," he added when asked how the Knicks' front office compared to that of Chicago.
Rose also penned a personal letter to the fans, via The Cycle, saying that the trade was a business decision made by the Bulls who wanted to go in a different direction, before adding that he was going to be using it as motivation during his time in New York.
Rose is Chicago-born and went to school at Simeon Career Academy in the same city, a real man of the people who was the greatest star the Bulls had seen since Michael Jordan. Unfortunately, injuries put a stop to that. Let's hope he can recreate some of his past form with his new franchise.