Derrick Rose's best days are long behind him now. As a member of the Detroit Pistons, 8 seasons removed from his MVP campaign, he is hoping to regain just some of his previous form.
And while his body may have failed him, his reputation as a star and legend will last forever.
The Bulls defeated the Pistons on Friday, and LaVine called Rose a “legend" after he received MVP chants from the United Center crowd and put on a show for his hometown, finishing with 23 points and seven assists.
“He’s a legend,” LaVine said, via K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. “The crowd and city loves him. You respect a dude like that. He’s gone through so much and he’s still at the top of his game. You see how elite he is. Everybody respects him.”
There is no mistaking the city's love and respect for their hero. though his time in the city was cut short, what he did in his tenure there was nothing short of magical.
We know that Rose himself would love to return, as he has cited multiple times over the course of the past few seasons. Chicago is where it all started for him, so why can't it also be where it ends?
As for the Bulls, they seem reluctant to bring him back for a multitude of reasons. But one has to think that if he keeps up this pace in Detroit this season, he stands a chance to change their minds. He is averaging over 20 points per game for the first time since 2012.