Derrick Rose, NBA MVP in 2011 and 2008 draft number 1, was handed over in the summer of 2016 by the Bulls to the New York Knicks.
Burdened by serious injuries, his city team decided to transfer him in exchange for Jose Manuel Calderon, Robin Lopez and Jerian Grant. All this was recorded live by the cameras of ‘Stadium’, which has just released the documentary ‘Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story’.
In the middle of an interview, while he was talking about the rumors that had placed him in the Knicks, he is interrupted by a friend, who tells him that his agent, BJ Armstrong, is in New York and has just called him.
Rose gets nervous, “I hope nothing happened,” he says. He gets back to the interview and after three minutes he is interrupted again. BJ Armstrong is on the phone and has news: “I just spoke to Phil (Jackson). There’s going to be a transfer to the Knicks.
At that moment, Rose breaks, “You’re kidding”, he says to her agent, who replies, “I’m not kidding”. Rose leaves her house crying, asking if she was serious. “I’m amazed,” says Rose. Her agent tells her it’s going to be “a huge opportunity,” assuring her that it’s going to help her “navigate the media storm” because it’s going to be “great news”.
In the only season he was in the Knicks, he averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists. He then played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and is currently with the Timberwolves, although he will be a free agent this summer.