Derrick Rose Signs New Deal With Chicago Bulls
Back in 2008, one of the biggest stories of the NBA Draft was Derrick Rose going "home" when he was the top overall pick by the floundering Chicago Bulls franchise. Now, over three years and one NBA MVP later, Rose is officially recognized as arguably the best point guard in the entire league. And yesterday, the Chicago Bulls showed the rest of the league that they believe in Rose as the future of the league.
Yesterday, the reigning NBA MVP signed a five-year contract extension worth almost 95 million dollars. During the press conference to announce the new deal, Rose said, "I think I can finally say this now. Mom, I finally made it." His mother Brenda was sitting right next to him during the presser.
Rose led the Bulls to a league-best 62 victories last season and led the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the Miami Heat in five games. Rose averaged 25 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds during the regular season en route to becoming the youngest MVP in league history. These statistics made Rose the only NBA player to rank in the Top Ten in both scoring and assists. He also became only the fifth player in league history to post 2,000 points, 600 assists and 300 rebounds in a single season.
The 23-year-old superstar has brought the Bulls out of the doldrums that the franchise fell into after the Jordan-Pippen era came to an end following their second "three-peat" from 1996-98. This new contract extension now has Rose signed until after his 29th birthday, and he says he wants to spend his entire career in Chicago.