This Old Clip of Derrick Rose Finding out He Was Traded to New York is Humanizing for Him...And Mildly Embarrassing for the Knicks
Look, without a shadow of a doubt, 95% of the emotion that Derrick Rose was overcome with when receiving that news was a product of having his first run-in with the business side of basketball be one that sent him packing from the hometown where he experienced the highest of highs (MVP) and the lowest of lows (enough injuries to finance a medical startup) as a professional athlete. As evidenced by his instant and audible loss of breath, the fraying of his strong ties to the city of Chicago was undeniably devastating. In that sense, this was a pretty relatable and humanizing moment for someone that's said some dumb shit and allegedly done some disturbing throughout the course of his career.
However, in the sense that being traded for by someone who owns two entire fists full of championship rings and offered a home arena that's long been lauded as a mystifying Mecca where basketball players grow up dreaming of having their success, that reaction is at least slightly embarrassing for the Knicks. I can't emphasis enough that it says far, far more about his love for Chicago than his feelings toward New York at the time, but there wasn't even a half second of excitement about being courted by Phil Jackson to play at MSG. That proved more than fair seeing how instantly an era that was overseen by the senile became a contributing chapter in the dark comedy that James Dolan has spent the last two decades drawing up. Still, that doesn't make it any less funny to look back on a starting PG of the New York Knicks being unable to see any silver lining in being given that title.