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Derrick Rose: “I Think I Can Finally Say This Now: Mom, We Finally Made It.”
There shouldn't have been a single doubt in the city of Chicago whether the Bulls wanted to extend the contract of the reigning NBA MVP, Derrick Rose. Also, with the success the Bulls have gained year-to-year, I think there was little doubt in Rose on whether or not he wanted to stay in the "Windy City".
Nothing can make either side happier than the 5-year $94.8 million extension Rose put his John Hancock on.
Like he said in a widely covered interview, "I think I can finally say this now: Mom, we finally made it."
The Chicagoan is in the process of taking his marriage of life and basketball full circle. He grew up in Chicago, learned the game of basketball in Chicago, earned a scholarship to the University of Memphis by playing ball at Simeon Career Academy in the Windy City, and then the Bulls drafted him with the first pick in the 2008 draft.
Fast forward three years and a few months and Rose earns the big contract he never dreamt of accomplishing, in Chicago. The 5-year extension locks up No. 1 with the Bulls until 2017. Even if Rose doesn't stay with the club when the contract expires, his nine-year stint makes him a lifelong Bull.
If he enters the Hall of Fame, his name tag will be next to a Bulls jersey. Maybe, the league will even start a Bulls' wing and put Rose's jersey with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Artis Gilmore, Dennis Rodman, and Nate Thurmond. The other members of the hall who played with the Bulls are more associated with other teams: George Gervin and the San Antonio Spurs, and Robert Parish and the Boston Celtics. They don't count.
If, more like when, Rose gets his jersey hung in an arenas rafters, those rafters will be of the United Center in Chicago.
However, before he can complete the full-circle or write the rest of his story, he must do what this large investment from the Bulls encourages him to do: win.
Rose has made it financially. A contract fairly close to a nine-digit sum isn't anything to sneeze at, but he can't let the mentality of, "Mom, we made it" rest in his head when it comes to playing the game of basketball.
The list of players who fell off the face of the planet after receiving a huge contract goes on forever.
The franchise of the Chicago Bulls and the city of Chicago are putting a lot of eggs in Rose's basket. In many Bulls' fan's eyes, Rose isn't just the next point guard or the next superstar, he is the next Michael Jordan. A player who defines a team.
Money starts the transition into making it in the NBA, but it doesn't end it.
Rose has to take his team to the next level. Chicago's first trip to the Eastern Conference Finals since the 1997-98 season was a remarkable feat for Rose and the Bulls, but now he will be considered a failure if he doesn't reach the NBA Finals.
The great thing is, there are only a few players in the league teams and fans can trust to be the knight in shining armor and win a trophy.
In a short time-span, Rose is one of those special players who will probably be able to say, "Mom, we made it," directed in the form of an NBA Championship.
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