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What Else Chicago Loses with the Derrick Rose Trade


Derrick Rose Powerade

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.

Rose was in a very unique position as the number one draft pick of the Chicago Bulls because he would have an opportunity to restore the hope of Chicagoans suffering from withdrawal after the Jordan era.  The hugest and obvious difference is Derrick was born and bred in the Chi so he is special.   He was the prodigal son of a tough city.  After setting the league on fire by becoming the youngest in history, D. Rose was on top. The beautiful part about that magical season was Rose actually predicted his glory when he so boldly stated, “Why can’t I be the MVP of this league?” While reporters laughed at him, he went on to do exactly what he so said he would do.

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Hassahn is no stranger to the power of words. Just as Lebron took his talents to South Beach, the Chicago native has taken his talents to Hollywood and beyond. His ability to manipulate the English language has led to a career using his gift. He currently writes songs for TV/Film; he has co-written a book alongside Dr. Kerby T Alvy Ph.D; Hassahn produced and wrote DEMOs documentary film, and of course he scribes for Radio Facts on the daily.