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Watch: Derrick Rose's emotional reaction to special tribute video from Chinese fans

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Derrick Rose has been through a lot both on and off the court during his NBA career and has had to overcome many adversities. 

The 28-year-old has suffered multiple career-threatening injuries during his nine years in the league and has continued to bounce back from them on each occasion. 

At the age of 22, Rose became the youngest ever MVP in 2011 after he enjoyed an outstanding season with the Chicago Bulls and led them to the Eastern Conference Finals. 

His explosiveness at the point guard position was something that was rarely seen before and he played a huge role in revolutionising the one spot. 

He became a huge star globally and was one of the biggest names in basketball. But since his numerous ACL injuries, the love for D.Rose has soured. 

After missing so much time on the court and failing to rediscover the form that made him an MVP in recent years, his fan base has deteriorated in the States, but that's certainly not the case in China. 

Despite being a shadow of the player he once was, Rose is still revered in Far East Asia and has a huge following. 

The three-time All-Star is currently in China promoting his new shoe and during a visit to the northern city of Shenyang over the weekend, he was given a special tribute. 

His Chinese fans created a video message encouraging him to keep fighting to return to the player he used to be and recapture his best form. 

They also shared stories of how his perseverance has inspired them and helped them to overcome their own injuries and difficulties. 

The video struck a chord with the All-NBA guard and he was reduced to tears after receiving the outpouring of support from the fans in China. 

The emotional reaction was understandable from Rose after all he's been through but at least he knows he has a loyal following in Asia. 

He is a true superstar in China, even more so than in the U.S. In 2015, only Kobe Bryant sold more jerseys in that region than the former Chicago Bulls man, per SI.com.

After spending a year with the New York Knicks following his trade from the Bulls last summer, Rose will now be beginning a new chapter in his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers after they snapped him up in free agency. 

The Chicago native agreed to a one-year deal with the Cavs at the minimum in order to play alongside LeBron James and compete for a championship. 

Playing on a winning team with the league's best player should ease the burden and pressure on Rose and hopefully allow him to play freely and enjoy his basketball again. 

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