Derrick Rose explains his change in jersey number

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A new dawn is fast approaching for Derrick Rose. Following eight seasons with the Chicago Bulls, the point guard will play his first NBA game for the New York Knicks in just under two months.

A new home, training center, teammates, coaches and fans await the 2011 Most Valuable Player, as does a new jersey number.

Having worn number one during his time at the United Center, the 27-year-old has opted for the number 25 as he prepares life at Madison Square Garden.

Speaking on The Vertical, Rose explained what the number one meant to him and what fans can expect from him in the Big Apple after he opted for the number he used to wear in high school.

He said: "I'm not forgetting where I came from. It's my roots, and I'll always give Chicago my all.

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"The past is the past, but that No. 1, I think, will always be stuck with me. It's always going to remind people and give them memories of how I played when I was younger. I was playing reckless, and I was just ballin'. I had raw talent.

"Now, with the No. 25, I think you'll see a more mature player. You'll see the player that you saw toward the end of last year. More under-control type of game, and I got a lot more options now this year. That No. 1 will always be engraved in me, and it's not going anywhere. Twenty-five is just a new step, and a new step in the right direction."

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