Tupac once wrote, “You see you wouldn’t ask why the rose that grew from the concrete
had damaged petals. On the contrary, we would all celebrate its tenacity. We would all love it’s will to reach the sun. Well, we are the roses – this is the concrete – and these are my damaged petals. Don’t ask me why, ask me how!”
At one point in Derrick Rose’s well-documented basketball career, he could do no wrong in the eyes of Chicagoans. He was the tenacious kid from the south side of Chicago with a fierce game yet humble demeanor. He reached the sun despite his adversity and in spite of his damaged petals. He was our Rose that grew from the concrete.