This Derrick Rose Video Shows The Raw Emotion Players Feel When Being Traded
In sports, transactions happen every day. In an era of salary caps and free agency, few athletes can stay “franchise players.” The business of team sports has changed that, and while some of the greats in past decades wore only uniform their whole career, many contemporary athletes will not even establish a permanent residency in their team’s city.
Kobe Bryant was able to remain a Los Angeles Laker for the duration of his playing career, and even he was part of a deal before ever walking out on an NBA court. Dwayne Wade played his final NBA game earlier this week. It closed out a season that saw Wade return to the Miami Heat team that he won three championships with, before two leaving to try his hand with the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. Another player whose time ended this week, Dirk Nowitzki, had been a Dallas Maverick his entire NBA career, for more than 20 years.
Dirk and Kobe can seem like anomalies, especially in the modern NBA. Derick Rose had played for the Chicago Bulls for almost a decade. The team drafted him as the first overall pick out of the University Of Memphis. It was a destined alignment, given that Rose had grown up in the Windy City and been a star player for the local Simeon Career Academy. Despite injuries, he was a three-time all-star in the legendary basketball city. In 2016, he was abruptly traded to the New York Knicks.
At the time of the move, cameras were following Derrick Rose. “I just stay out the way,” he says in the June 2016 footage, referring to rumors of a trade lingering. The piece is available by Stadium. “I’m good with being in Chicago. Like I said, we’re trying to win there, and get back on the right track. So that’s the only thing I can think about: just being in Chicago. But I do hear the rumors.” Rose, unlike many players, says he never demanded a trade or did anything to interfere with his Bulls tenure.
B.J. Armstrong, a former three-time championship Bull (who both began and ended his career in Chicago, with stops in between) is Rose’s agent. The athlete calls with the news of the move. Rose starts sobbing and has a hard time stopping. Moments later, back in the interview seat, producers ask Derrick what he’s thinking. He calls the game “a business” while wiping tears with his shirt. As a player who suffered tremendous injuries during a promising career, Rose suggests the “twists and turns” that he has had to endure. He says he’s both anxious and in shock. “That sh*t made me who I am, man.”
Since the video was filmed, Rose made two more stops. He now plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves.