Over the past year or so, we have seen an exodus of elite players in the Association leaving their original teams either via Free Agency; or by forcing a trade so that their club does not end up empty-handed. From LeBron James to Chris Paul; we have seen quite a shakeup of rosters since the conclusion of the 2009-2010 campaign. Wednesday, the Chicago Bulls took steps to avoid that situation with reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose, as the “Chicago Tribune” has reported that the club signed the All-Star point guard to a five-year extension said to be worth $94.8 million over the life of the contract.
The number one pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, who was raised on the South side of Chicago; told reporters that his new deal went far beyond his wildest expectations. Rose said “I never would have thought in a million years I’d sign a contract like this. No one from Englewood’s ever been in my position, so sometimes I think, why me? I would like to thank my teammates and coaches for pushing me. I’d like to thank the city of Chicago for sticking behind me. I think I can finally say this now: Mom, we finally made it.”
The 23-year-old point guard is extremely close with his mother and his three older brothers and has given them credit over the years for how he turned out. The extension will keep him playing in his hometown through the 2016-2017 season; at that time he will be just 29-years-old and barring injury, heading into the prime of his NBA career. Last season Rose led the Bulls to a Central Division Title and the most victories during the regular campaign. The team fell in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Miami Heat.