Derrick Martell Rose is a popular American basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. Born and raised in Chicago in the US, Rose has been involved with basketball since his high school days.
Rose was born on October 4, 1988, in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised without a father in the tough Englewood section of Chicago. Derrick and his three older brothers were under the constant, watchful eye of their strict and loving mother, Brenda.
"My mom would walk down the street and drag us home if she heard we were getting into trouble," Rose once told Sports Illustrated. "Even the drug dealers, when they saw her coming, would stop dealing and tell her where we were."
Interested in basketball from a young age, he enrolled at the Simeon Career Academy where his talent earned him popularity. He helped his team, ‘The Simeon Wolverines,’ win the Chicago Public League championship in 2006.
After he finished his schooling, Rose made the decision to enroll at the University of Memphis and represent the Tigers. The point guard led the Tigers to 38 total wins - the most in NCAA history. Around this time, Rose became the center of a controversy, as an NCAA report stated that to meet the academic eligibility requirements, he had made someone else take his SAT exam. But due to lack of evidence that Rose had actually cheated, he was soon cleared to play once again.
Both during his college career and NBA career, Derrick Rose won several important awards, some of them being ‘NBA Rookie of the Year’ award in 2009 and ‘NBA Most Valuable Player’ award in 2011. He became the youngest player in NBA history to win the Most Valuable Player award at the age of 22.
In the strike-shortened 2011-12 season, Rose led the Bulls to the number one in the Eastern Conference. But in the first game of the post-season, he went down with a serious knee injury that forced him to miss the 2012-13 season.
Since 2016, Rose played for the New York Knicks and then for Cleveland Cavaliers. On March 8, 2018, he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rose was also a member of the United States men's national basketball teams that won gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Cup respectively.