Derrick Rose was the messiah in Chicago at one time.
When he was crowned the youngest MVP in NBA history while representing his hometown franchise, Rose was beloved in the Windy City.
However, following a devastating ACL injury, Rose went from on the cusp of bringing his city their first championship since Michael Jordan to quietly exiled in an underwhelming trade just a few years later.
Now suiting up for the New York Knicks, Rose returned to the United Center last night to a chorus of boos.
However, it didn't throw the point guard off of his game. Rose recorded 15 points, seven rebounds and 11 dimes to help beat his old side 117-104.
"It was all fun, man. I love competing," he said after his best performance as a Knick. "I love when the crowd is into it. I knew it was going to be some yells. I knew there was going to be some boos. I'm from here. I'm used to it. I've been getting it ever since I was in sixth grade, going on the West Side of Chicago and playing and me being a South Side. I'm used to it."
Joakim Noah also left Chicago this summer, following Rose and joining his hometown franchsie in the Big Apple. Curiously, the Bulls failthful greeted the center warmly.
Rose's fine performance is sure to only further the bitterness.