There was a time Derrick Rose was one of the most dominant and fascinating players in the entire NBA. After leading Coach Cal’s Memphis Tigers to the NCAA title game in 2008, he was drafted No. 1 overall by the Chicago Bulls, won Rookie of the Year honors, and then became the youngest player in NBA history to take home the MVP award in 2011. He was on top of the world, with most already penciling him in as a future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.
And then the torn ACL happened. And then the meniscus. And then the other lingering knee injuries.
Fast forward just seven seasons, and now Rose has signed just a one-year, veteran minimum contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
For a guy that was once unanimously seen as “the man” and a fan-favorite, his career downfall has been heartbreaking.
Today, Rose heard some news that should cheer him up quite a bit.
Back in 2012, Rose signed a 14-year, $185 million contract with Adidas.
By re-signing with the Timberwolves today and joining the active roster this season, Rose is guaranteed $14.5 million this year alone.
Derrick Rose's 1-year/ $2.1M deal with the Wolves will allow him to make $14.5M from Adidas next season!
Rose's 2012 Adidas contract was reportedly 14-years/ around $185M.
He tore his ACL 64 days after signing the deal.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 1, 2018
John Calipari has been outspoken about Rose in the past about their great relationship and how much he admires him as a player. He has said in the past that he teaches his players, specifically Alex Poythress when he suffered a season-ending torn ACL in 2014, to overcome adversity the same way Rose has fought through each injury.
“I can remember Derrick Rose texting me when it happened to him and just said, ‘Coach, I’m looking at this. This was supposed to happen,” he told Kyle Tucker back in 2014. “I was supposed to slow down, supposed to really look at myself. And I’m gonna do that, and I’m gonna come back stronger than ever.’ And that’s what he texted me.”
Let’s hope Calipari also teaches his team how to negotiate in endorsement deals like Rose.