Is Derrick Rose the Most Devoted Member of the Chicago Bulls Ever?

Mike B.Correspondent ISeptember 30, 2012

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Would you label Derrick Rose as the Chicago Bulls’ most devoted member of all time?

Perhaps that’s a pretty bold question, since he has only been with the team now for four years. 

Rose hasn’t sported Bulls red, black and white for a decade. However, you simply cannot deny his devotion and loyalty to the franchise due to his Chicago roots.

Raised on the city’s South Side, Rose more than likely grew up rooting for the Bulls and dreamt of playing for his hometown team one day, just like many other young Chicagoans. His dreams would come true in 2008, as the explosive and exciting point guard was taken by the Bulls with the first overall pick in the NBA draft. 

Rose, who’s currently rehabbing a torn ACL that he suffered in last season’s playoffs, is undoubtedly one of the game’s elite players when healthy. He’s the main reason the Bulls were title contenders the past two seasons.

The Bulls’ management team has made a ton of not-so-appealing moves this offseason. Key players such as Omer Asik, C.J. Watson and Ronnie Brewer are gone and replaced by the likes of Kirk Hinrich, Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli.

Despite his team being dismantled, Rose has supported the transactions, and it seems as if he has faith in the Bulls’ front office to assemble a championship roster.         

A three-time All-Star and the NBA’s 2011 MVP, Rose might end up being a member of the Bulls for the rest of his career. He just seems to love Chicago so much that he would never consider leaving the city, even if it meant playing alongside a superstar or two elsewhere.  

A “Most Devoted Bulls" article would truly be incomplete without the name Michael Jordan.  After being drafted by the Bulls back in 1984, MJ went on to play 13 seasons with the team and is widely considered today as the greatest player in NBA history.

During his spectacular career in the Windy City, Jordan led the Bulls to a ridiculous six titles in the ‘90s.

His individual accomplishments include six NBA Finals MVPs, five regular-season MVPs, a Defensive Player of the Year award (a rare honor for a guard, by the way), 10 scoring titles, 10 All-NBA First Team selections and a slew of All-Star appearances. With that said, you can see why most people claim he’s the best basketball player ever. 

Jordan was devoted to the Bulls—maybe not as much as Rose—but devoted nonetheless.

It took seven long years for Jordan to pick up his first championship ring, as Chicago continuously fell to the Detroit ”Bad Boy” Pistons in the postseason. He could’ve easily given up and demanded a trade to a contender, but he chose to stay put and show his devotion to the Bulls.

Also, as a free agent in the summer of 1996, Jordan had the chance to leave Chicago and sign a deal with the New York Knicks. However, he ended up re-signing with the Bulls, with whom he played for two more seasons before retiring for the second time of his career.

Imagine if Jordan had taken his talents to New York and joined forces with longtime rival and Dream Team teammate Patrick Ewing. The Knicks would’ve instantly emerged as the team to beat, no doubt about it. If you’re a Bulls fan, you have to be glad MJ decided to stick around.    

Johnny “Red” Kerr and Norm Van Lier, who oddly died on the same day (February 26, 2009), are two more examples of devoted Bulls legends.

Kerr served as the Bulls’ first-ever head coach and was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year in 1967 after guiding the team to a playoff berth in its inaugural season.

In 1975, Kerr became the Bulls’ color commentator, a position he held all the way until 2008.

Van Lier, nicknamed Stormin’ Norman, was a three-time All-Star point guard for the Bulls during the ‘70s. A huge Bulls fan, he served as a radio color commentator for the team from 1980-1982 and later as a television analyst from 1992 until 2009.       

Rose might not be considered the most devoted Bulls member ever right now, but sometime down the road, he'll probably acquire that label.