SportsNation Blog Archives Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is quite the sports figure in Chicago: a native son who was supposed to lead his hometown team to its first title since the Michael Jordan era.
But injuries have gotten in the way, most recently a meniscus tear that has set back his season and has certainly hurt the Bulls' prospects in a year many believed they'd be right near the top.
Recently, Chicago artists David Beltran and Brendan Carroll put up this mural and collection of items as something of a memorial for their fallen star (they also held a vigil for him Sunday afternoon):
That is some bold imagery for a basketball player who is still alive, just hurt, and whose career has not been deemed over.
To talk about the mural -- and to address some of the concerns -- Beltran joined ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Monday:
Does Beltran consider the crown-of-thorns mural, which was put up beneath Interstate 90 in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, blasphemous?
"To be honest, not really," he said. "For us it was a lighthearted tribute [especially because] when you go on the Internet, people are just sitting behind their computers saying whatever they want.
"We really didn't think about it as far as offending anyone; as far as legalities go, [it's] freedom of speech.
"It's a big deal. It's the third injury, it's a big deal for our city. I had really thought this was our year and I think everyone could agree on that."
UPDATE: Rose, speaking to reporters before the Bulls' game Monday night, was far from offended (he had not heard about it before he was asked).
"How can I be mad, or upset or devastated about anything?" Rose said. "I know I've got people out there that really love me and really care about me as a person."
Rose is liked throughout the league, meaning fellow players were quick to send their well wishes:
Man feel bad for D.Rose! Keep your head up homie and stay strong G!— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 25, 2015
Damn man send one up for D Rose.. Hate this keeps coming back but like before it won't keep you down! =O— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) February 25, 2015
my point guard. my brother. https://t.co/5sM1UA3i9C— Jimmy Butler (@JimmyButler) February 25, 2015
Prayers up for the homie Drose...Wish u a speedy recover— John Wall (@JohnWall) February 25, 2015
I feel like I'm hurt, that's how bad I feel for D Rose. Smh #gooddude— Mo Williams (@mowilliams) February 25, 2015
Damn man, I hate that...get healthy D! Praying for you.— DeAndre Jordan (@deandrejordan6) February 25, 2015
Feel so bad for Drose. One of the most genuine superstars out there, even better person...— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) February 25, 2015
Praying for my boy @drose. Just a temporary setback... I know he'll make it back even stronger.— Eric Gordon (@TheofficialEG10) February 25, 2015
Again? Man oh man. I feel the pain. So sorry for DRose. Big fan! Wish you a speedy recovery =O— Ricky Rubio (@rickyrubio9) February 25, 2015
Feel bad for D Rose.. Especially when you know how hard he's been working.— rudy gobert (@rudygobert15) February 25, 2015
Damn D Rose I feel bad for him #sad— Hassan Whiteside (@youngwhiteside) February 25, 2015
Man, prayers up for DRose. Unreal.— Ben McLemore (@BenMcLemore) February 25, 2015
Feel bad for Drose! Wish you a quick recovery! Come back strong!— Nikola Vucevic (@NikolaVucevic) February 25, 2015
Prayers up to DRose =O— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) February 25, 2015
Heavy heart for D Rose!!!— Jordan Crawford (@jcraw55) February 25, 2015
Wow prayers go out to D.Rose smh... it's just sad!! Guy can't catch a break. #Stayup— Austin Daye (@Adaye5) February 25, 2015
The protracted wait for Derrick Rose to return to form just might be over.
The Chicago Bulls point guard and onetime MVP is practicing with Team USA right now ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup and, well, let's just say Finland and New Zealand probably aren't looking forward to defending this:
Meanwhile, if he can start hitting 3s at the rate of the other guy in this final video, the Bulls might just be Eastern Conference favorites -- even over that other contender on the American side of the Great Lakes (note: not the Bucks).