Derrick Rose is a talented professional basketball player whose personal awards include an Olympic gold medal, Rookie of the Year award, and the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award, which he received in 2011 at the age of 22, making him the youngest player ever to win this award.
Rose, whose career has been plagued by injuries since his early years in the league, has played for teams such as the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers. He is currently under contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Rose was born on October 4, 1988, in Chicago, Illinois, where he grew up, the son of a single mother, Brenda Rose. He has three older brothers: Dwayne, Reggie, and Allan, who were all good basketball players but never made it to the league. The brothers maintained a very close relationship and played a father figure role for their youngest brother, who showed the likelihood of being a great player even as a schoolboy.
Derrick Rose attended the Simeon Career Academy when he became one of the most talked-about high school basketball players. In 2007, in his final year in high school, Rose led his school to a second state title and was named “Illinois Mr. Basketball” among other honors.
After high school, Rose had a flood of offers from a number of schools, including the University of Illinois. However, during his long history of sending players into the NBA, he chose to attend the University of Memphis. He played college basketball for just one year, averaging 14.9 points, 4.7 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game in the regular season before reaching the final of the NCAA Championship, where his team lost to Kansas.
The promising baller then signed up for the 2008 NBA Draft and was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the first-ever overall selection. He drew comparisons with former Bull’s grandmaster Michael Jordan when he won several monthly rookie awards, culminating in being named Rookie of the Year, averaging 16.8 points, 6.3 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game this season to lead the team back into the playoffs.
In his second season, Rose was named All-Star and was very popular throughout the league as he owned the fourth best-selling jersey in the league. His stock continued to grow as he became a versatile player, and after a 2010-11 season with 25 points per game, he was named MVP. The following year, he led his team to first place in the Eastern Conference before injuring himself in the first game of the 2012 playoffs. Rose tore up his ACL and missed the remaining playoff games as well as the entire 2012-13 season, which marked the beginning of his long struggle with injuries.
Rose returned in October of the 2013-14 season but injured himself again a month later when he tore the meniscus of his right knee. He missed the rest of the season and returned in October 2015 before being relegated to the sidelines with another knee injury.
Family – Wife or Girlfriend, Son
Rumor has it that Derrick Rose is married to his long-time girlfriend Alaina Anderson, who works as a model. The couple got engaged in 2018 before allegedly eloping when Rose took time off from the 2017-18 basketball season to reflect on his NBA career. Rose and Anderson welcomed their first child, a daughter named Layla, in April 2018.
Rose has a son named Derrick Rose Jr. who was born in October 2012 from his previous relationship with stylist and designer Meika Reese, who founded Rich Girl Candy.
Derrick Rose Net Worth
The former most valuable player in the NBA is said to have an estimated net worth of $85 million, which he earned through salaries and contracts in the league, but mainly through sponsorship contracts.
Derrick Rose currently earns the veteran minimum salary of $2.1 million per year, having previously taken home around $21 million per year during his time with the Knicks. In 2012, he signed a contract with Adidas that will secure him a salary of over $10 million per year for 14 years. By the end of the day, the Adidas deal could be worth $185 million.
Is He Dead?
Derrick Rose is still very much alive, as he prepares for another grueling NBA season. The veteran point guard was falsely killed in October 2016 when an LAPD detective involved in a case against him was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Derrick Martell Rose
Date of Birth: October 4, 1988
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois
Profession: Professional Basketball Player
Height: 6 feet 3 inches
Weight: 86 kg (190 pounds)
Zodiac Sign: Libra