Derrick Rose: Humble in the face of sudden All-Stardom

ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell got some face time with Chicago’s newest All-Star. Some of his answers are classic Derrick Rose. I know using the word “classic” when describing Rose might seem a little silly, given that he’s been in the Association only a year and a half. But Rose has oozed humility from Day 1. Simply put, he’s not your typical NBA player. Rose seems to be, by all indications, a humble person who truly appreciates where he’s at.

For instance, here’s what he said in response to being asked how it feels to be the Bulls’ first All-Star since MJ: “It’s cool. (Smiles) It’s cool. After I’m long and gone with the Bulls [players] after me or whatever, people will say that I was an All Star for the Chicago Bulls. I’m from Chicago. That’s a big thing.”

Another thing people are going to be saying after Rose is “long and gone” is how very lucky the Bulls organization was on that fateful day they won the 2008 NBA Draft lottery. Rose started the year off slowly because of an ankle injury, and many people — myself included — temporarily forgot what a special player he is. Well, Rose has spent the last month or so reminding us and serving notice to the rest of the league that Bulls opponents are going to be seeing this kid in their nightmares for years to come.

Here’s video of Friedell’s interview:

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18 Responses to Derrick Rose: Humble in the face of sudden All-Stardom

    Curtis Carter January 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    I am Derrick Rose, as well as the Chicago Bulls number one fan. But I think that I can speak for us all-not being biased-when I say that Derrick Rose was well deserving of a spot on the Allstar roster this year!

    chad January 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Bulls need to trade nobody, they are winning every game with the players they have, dont disrupt the team now. Don’t need any new players to come in and try to take over the team and slow down Rose.

    letsgobulls_24 January 29, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    I agree with chad. Keep the team the way it is for now. Tyrus Thomas will come around and prove to be an All-Star calibur player- he’s just a “late bloomer.”

    Let me re-phrase: he’s a “really really late bloomer”.. :)

    Tony C. January 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    ” Keep the team the way it is for now. Tyrus Thomas will come around and prove to be an All-Star calibur player- he’s just a “late bloomer.”

    Double nonsense. Certain players have full trade value at the moment, and if the right opportunity comes along, it should be seized.

    As for Thomas, he’s a “late bloomer” like J.R. Smith is a late bloomer. In other words, unless Tyrus gets his mental act together, his physical potential will never be realized.

    Varese January 29, 2010 at 5:11 pm #

    Agreed, Tony C. And if the team does make a trade, it will not be one that hurts their ability to go after free agents this summer. The point is to build a championship team, and this isn’t a championship team as is. Also, it seems Tyrus has earned such a poor reputation around the league, he doesn’t have much trade value at the moment. Here’s hoping he learns how to play smart ball consistently.

    As for ROSE: Wow, and wow. What an accomplishment.

    I am among the folks who questioned Rose’s ability to lead a team — and I think that was a fair concern — but his play the last couple months has been off the charts. He’s added to his game with the jumper, etc, but the way he’s attacking offensively, and finishing games, is … well … All-Star caliber.

    Now, we need to get Noah some respect for next year!

  6. TexasBullsFan January 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    I’m telling you, Bulls fans come up with the craziest nonsense I’ve ever heard. We put together a mini-streak and suddenly, everyone’s untouchable and we don’t need to make any moves. Do you people not remember as little as a month ago, when we couldn’t beat anyone? This team is full of streaky shooters; when they’re hot (like now) we’re a damn good team. When they’re not, we get beat by everyone.

    Tyrus is a joke, a complete and utter joke. He needs to be traded while he still has some value. You can’t hang on to players simply because you’re afraid they might go elsewhere and produce. He’s stunk up the court pretty much all season with the exception of a game or two. I mean, lets be honest, if you were going to describe what Tyrus does well, what would it be? That he can dunk the basketball when left alone under the rim because his man went to double a driving Rose? That he’s got a baby jumper that he hits on rare occasions? That he can block shots, even though his quest to do so leaves his own man alone from time to time and makes him very lazy on the glass? What does anyone see in this kid anymore?

    Make no mistake, this team is *not* set for the future. If there’s a good trade to be made, we need to make it.

    Tyrus Thomas as an all-star calibre player. Don’t make me laugh. He’s averaging 8 and 5 in his 4th season in. Can you say “bust”?

    Alex R January 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    Congratz again to Derrick, he has become a leader and the face of the franchise. A trade is necessary when you have expiring contracts and the easy potential to make one, possibly two, big free agent acquisitions this summer. After next summer, I can definitely see the Chicago Bulls being a Championship contender.

    letsgobulls_24 January 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    Well I’m gonna have to agree to disagree. I’ve had high hopes for Tyrus since day one, and I’m not giving up on him now. I understand he shouldn’t try to be a jump shooter, and that he needs to focus on his strengths- let the game come to him, yadda yadda.

    In my mind, I see Tyrus taking the same path as say, Chauncey Billups. He came into the league under the radar, and I don’t think anyone would’ve guessed he would turn into the great player that he is (finals mvp and all that).

    Tyrus is still young, but I think he’ll get his act together soon enough. His career DEPENDS on it.

    thirdsaint January 29, 2010 at 8:27 pm #

    I’m glad that Noah didn’t make it this year, he needs the rest. Rose deserves it by far. Interesting thought, Bill Simmons, one of the most respected writers on ESPN as far as I’m concerned, tweeted about how Reinsdorf will trade Hinrich/Salmons to free up enough money to go after LBJ and Bosh. He also doesn’t mind paying the luxury tax if it means getting both of those players for a championship. I’d do it, haha.

    luvabullnj January 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm #

    “Da Rose is in full bloom in Chicago in the middle of winter”. I never could have imagined that, The way the season started. And I am loving every minute of Bulls basketball these days.

    Only one more thing left to do. Make a move before the trade deadline to clear some more caps space without significantly affecting the team’s run at the playoffs. So I have a request for you Matt.

    Can you start a blog discussion about possible trade scenarios that would land our beloved Bulls in the playoffs this season and position them to acquire a major talent in the off-season?

    Boppinbob January 30, 2010 at 5:01 am #

    While Rose is the leading scorer on the Bulls he is not the team leader. Hinrich is the team leader. If Hinrich is traded the Bulls will fall apart.

    chad January 30, 2010 at 5:33 am #

    First NBA team to ever win 5 road games in a row against teams with a winning record: The 72 win Bulls, nope. The Bulls of today!

  13. Anonymous January 30, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    trade d rose

    dj January 31, 2010 at 5:09 am #


    dj January 31, 2010 at 5:11 am #

    And Anonymous shut-up and trade yourself

    andres Lopez January 31, 2010 at 6:04 am #

    I also agree with most of you people about trading Tyrus Thomas along with John Salmons, Jerome James and the Bulls draft picks to sweeten some deals. Tyrus Thomas is a joke and he is not the main reason why the Bulls are winning these games. Hint: These are the main key players that are really helping the Bulls win these tough games: J. Noah, Taj Gibson, D. Rose, L. Deng and especially K. Hinrich.

    I think the Bulls should trade Tyrus Thomas, John Salmons and their 1st or 2nd round draft picks for Al Harrington & Wilson Chandler from NY. That way they can Keep Al Harrington big money to sign a big Star like: Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire or David Lee.

    PLus Al Harrington is playing a strong game coming off the bench as a 6th man, along with Wilson Chandler helping out on offense and defense.

    genedene February 2, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    the bulls been banging simply because the team is just jellin starting 2 believe in each other so there confident that they can beat any team now, oh yeah & D ROSE is punishing anybody they put on him so teams is starting 2 double up almost all the time now so that free up players 4 easy shots like deng cutting 2 the basket or bradmiller open 4 a easy jumper. derrick rose picked his game up & now where winning ball games dont get me wrong kirk hinrich be balling sometimes, then it be games he wide open & be broke as hell


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