Rose recently said Kane’s success had motivated him in his own career. Kane returned the compliments Saturday.
“A lot of people were sending messages about [what he said],” Kane said Saturday. “When you see that stuff, that’s pretty cool. He’s such a great athlete. He’s done so many great things on and off the court for the city of Chicago.”
Kane respects Rose’s game, but he also admires Rose as a person.
“What I like about him is his humble attitude,” said Kane, who lives in the same downtown Chicago building as Rose. “If you see his MVP speech from a couple of years ago, you can really see he cares about the people he’s closest to and cares about his family and the people away from the game. That’s what I like most about him. He’s got a positive attitude, always looking on the bright side.”
Kane has been rooting for Rose throughout his injuries and was hopeful Rose and the Bulls had a successful season.
“For some unfortunate things to happen to him, he’s still had a great career,” Kane said. “They seem like they have a pretty good team this year. Hopefully they can do some special things.”