Derrick Rose is a talented professional basketball player whose personal accolades include an Olympic Gold Medal, a Rookie of the Year Award, and an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, which he won in 2011 at the age of 22 to make him the youngest player ever to win the award.
Rose, whose career has since his first few years in the league been blighted by injury, has played for teams like the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and Cleveland Cavaliers. He is currently signed to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Rose was born Derrick Martell Rose to a single mother, Brenda Rose, on October 4, 1988, in Chicago, Illinois where he was raised. 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 to their youngest brother who showed the likelihood of being a great player as a schoolboy.
Derrick Rose attended Simeon Career Academy when he became one of the most talked about high school basketball players. In 2007, his senior year in high school, Rose guided his school to a second state title and was named Illinois Mr. Basketball among other honors.
After high school, Rose had a flurry of offers from a number of schools including the University of Illinois. He, however, opted to attend the University of Memphis over its long history of sending players to the NBA. He played just one year of college basketball, averaging 14.9 points, 4.7 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game in the regular season before reaching the NCAA Championship finals where his team lost to Kansas.
The promising baller after that declared himself available for the 2008 NBA Draft and was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the first overall pick. He drew comparisons with former Bulls great Michael Jordan as he won different monthly rookie awards which culminated in him being named Rookie of the Year as he averaged 16.8 points, 6.3 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game that season to lead the team back into the playoffs.
In his second season, Rose was named an All-Star and was very popular across the league as he had the fourth bestselling jersey in the league. His stock continued to rise as he became a well-rounded player, and following a 25 points per game season in 2010-11, he was named MVP. The following year, he led his team to the number one spot in the Eastern Conference before injuring himself in the first game of the 2012 Playoffs. Rose tore his ACL and went on to miss the remaining playoff games as well as the whole of the 2012-13 season, beginning his long battle with injury.
Rose returned in October of the 2013-14 season but again injured himself a month later when he tore his right knee meniscus. He missed the remainder of the season, returning in October 2015 season before again getting sidelined with yet another knee injury.
Family – Wife or Girlfriend, Son
Derrick Rose is rumored to be married to his longtime girlfriend Alaina Anderson who works as a model. The pair got engaged in 2018 before allegedly eloping when Rose took time off from the 2017-18 basketball season to contemplate his NBA career. Rose and Anderson welcomed their first child in April 2018, a daughter named Layla.
Rose has a son named Derrick Rose Jr., 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 NBA Most Valuable Player is said to have an estimated net worth of $85 million which he has earned through salaries and contracts in the league but most importantly from endorsement deals.
Derrick Rose currently earns the veteran minimum salary of $2.1 million a year having previously taken home around $21 million per year during his time with the Knicks. In 2012, he signed a deal with Adidas that will have him paid upwards of $10 million per year for 14 years. At the end of the day, the Adidas deal could ultimately be worth $185 million.
Is He Dead?
Derrick Rose is very much still alive as he is currently preparing to embark on another grueling NBA season. The veteran point guard was falsely rumored to have been killed in October 2016 when an LAPD detective who was 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