Gertrude Stein said, “A rose is a rose is a rose.” In the case of the Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose, she couldn’t be more wrong. This Rose isn’t any ordinary rose. He isn’t your average Tea or Shrub Rose. He certainly isn’t your Jalen variety Rose either. This Rose is one of a kind and the fans of the Chicago Bulls should cherish this time because this Rose doesn’t bloom in your garden too often.
Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said that this kid is going to be an MVP multiple times and lead the Bulls to a “minimum” of 4 NBA championships. Wow! I first thought that was a pretty ballsy statement coming from the Eastern Conference which contains teams like Boston, Orlando, New York and Miami. Then I thought I kind of liked hearing some confidence coming from upstairs. We haven’t heard or seen this kind of brash talk since 1998.
It may be unfair to compare him to Michael Jordan, perhaps the greatest professional athlete of all time. However, he is 22 years old and a favorite to become the youngest MVP in NBA history. I just got goosebumps typing that. Could it be the Bulls are that lucky? Guys like Magic, Bird or Jordan come along once every half-century if you’re lucky. Chicago just got their second superstar in under 20 years. To think there was even a debate of whether to take Rose or Beasley just makes me giggle. To think some Chicagoans were behind gutting this young group, possibly even throwing in Rose, to get a LeBron, Bosh and/or DWade makes me laugh even more. Miami cries in the locker room and I laugh.
But there is nothing to laugh about when it comes to Rose and the Bulls serious play and them seriously kicking the asses of some really good teams. I think about all of the injuries the Bulls suffered this year with a first year, first time NBA head coach. They didn’t cry about it. Rose and Coach T stayed cool and Rose kept lighting it up night after night. DRose has become the soft-spoken leader of the current #2 seed in the East.
So what is the top for this Rose? 3 or 4 titles? A couple of MVP awards? A dozen or more All-Star appearances? I guess we will just have wait and see. One thing we do know is that this fragrant Rose just came into bloom and should be around to give us many great memories for a long time to come.