Happy birthday Derrick Rose: A talent re-born in the Big Apple

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Derrick Rose celebrates his 28th birthday today and his first as a member of the New York Knicks.

The Chicago native swapped his hometown for the bright lights of NY after being traded by the Bulls and it has opened up an opportunity to re-establish himself as one of the top point guards in the league once again. 

Turning 28 can be a significant moment in the career of Rose for multiple reasons. If he goes on to forge a long and successful tenure in New York, he can look back on this day as a turning point.

This is also the age where many players are expected to reach their peak and if D.Rose can get back to an All-Star level with the Knicks, they will be the big beneficiaries. 

A lot has happened in the NBA life of the point guard since he was drafted by his hometown team with the number one overall pick in 2008. 

He will look back at his time in Chicago with a mixture of fondness, disappointment, and regret. The franchise was crying out for a superstar for many years following the retirement of Michael Jordan and finally, up stepped one of their own to take on the responsibility. 


It was as if fate had drawn it up; the Bulls landed the number one pick when a talented young guard from Chicago was available in the draft. 

The dynamic Rose didn't disappoint from the get go. He became the first Bulls player to score 10 points or more in his first 10 games since Jordan and went on to win the Rookie of the Year award - joining MJ and Elton Brand as the only Bulls to do so. 

He became an All-Star in just his sophomore season, again becoming the first Chicago player to get the honour since the G.O.A.T in 1998. It quickly became apparent that the team had finally secured the heir to Jordan, and he just so happened to be a hometown kid. 

In his third campaign, Rose translated his on-court performances to both individual and team success. He was voted in as the starting point guard for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star game and at the end of the 2010-11 season, the Bulls finished with a league-leading record of 62-20, thus securing the number one seed in the east.

In that campaign, Rose became only the third player since the 1972–73 season to record 2,000 points and 600 assists in a single season. The other two players were LeBron James and Michael Jordan.

His extraordinary year saw him become the youngest ever MVP at the age of just 22, and yes, you guessed it, he joined MJ as the only other player in Chicago Bulls history to win the award. 

But a defeat to the newly assembled big three in Miami in the Eastern Conference finals saw Rose and the Bulls fall short of a championship. 


Disappointingly, just as the NBA and Chicago had seen the emergence of a new superstar, things took a turn for the worst for D.Rose.

Injuries took their toll on the young guard in his fourth year with the team as he only played 39 games in the regular season and in the opening round of the playoffs, disaster struck. 

Rose suffered an ACL tear in his left knee and was ruled out for up to 12 months. He missed the entire 2012-13 season as he took a considerable amount of time to return to full health. 

When he did return in the following campaign he didn't last very long as he tore his right knee meniscus and was ruled out for the year. 

He made a comeback in the 2014-15 season but he just wasn't the same player. He showed flashes of his speed and athleticism but it was clear that injuries had an effect on him both physically and mentally.

He had a battle on his hands to remain as the team's franchise player after the rise of Jimmy Butler, who took advantage of Rose's injuries and became the Bulls' most consistent performer.

With two alpha-males in the same team, Chicago knew they had to make a sacrifice and D.Rose's time in Chi-Town came to an end this summer.


It was a move that both parties needed and the three-time All-Star now has a chance to reignite his career in the NBA's biggest market.

The New York Knicks faithful are crying out for success and having missed out on the playoffs in the last three years, they will be keen for Rose and co. to put an end to that. 

The 2011 MVP has already dubbed the Knicks a 'superteam' and his delight at moving to the Big Apple has been evident. 

Rose was the most athletic point guard the league had ever seen before his injuries and he can be credited with the number of score-first PG's we have in the league at the moment and the sheer athleticism in that position throughout the league. 

Russell Westbrook has now taken on the mantle of the most athletic guard but players like John Wall and Kyrie Irving have also come into the league and displayed their array of speed and skills.

Rose has a fresh start in New York and if he stays free of injury and enjoys his basketball again, he can be reborn in the Empire State. 

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