CHICAGO – When Derrick Rose first visited the United Center as a member of an opposing team, he was booed. It was November 5, 2016, and the fans hooted when he touched the ball and stabbed it when its name was called during the introduction of the players.
Wednesday night was another story.
Rose, now with the Minnesota Timberwolves, returned for the second time since trading at the United Center in June 201
"I've remembered some of the old days," Rose said after the game while wearing a cap "Chicago Native" rolled across the front. "It's special to come and play here this year." Rose finished the team with 24 points, 8 assists and 3 rebounds in the 119-94 round of the Bulls' Wolves.
The rapper and the Chicago native, the rapper, was present and took the game from a seat in the square. From a break Rose ran to him and greeted the musician.
Rose said that the support he received from the crowd was in some places "overwhelming" and he could say "the support is still here". When asked why he thought he had been received differently this time, he said it was because he "plays the Chicago style of basketball."
"It's grainy, it's dirty," Rose said. "It's one-on-one, it's doing everything to win, it's not going back, and I think that's what people love."
During Roses seven years at the Bulls, he led the team to a final of the Eastern Conference appearance and became the youngest player to win the League's Most Valuable Player Award. In April 2012, Rose tore open his left ACL. Afterwards, he struggled to stay healthy, two more knee injuries. The Bulls exchanged Rose for the Knicks and spent some time playing for the Cavaliers before coming to the Timberwolves.
"I always felt that if he recovered, he could be very productive," said Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau.
] Ever since he joined the Timberwolves, he has been able to turn his career as a player. He has an average of 18.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 29.2 minutes per game.
"I just take everything," said Rose. "It feels like my rookie year where I bring everything – of course with my knowledge and all the games I've played – of course it's not my rookie year, but when it feels like fresh air  In 2015, a woman named Rose, then a member of the Bulls, and two of his friends accused her of raping her in 2013. However, the men were not held accountable in October 2016. In November, a three-member jury in California heard oral arguments to decide whether to grant the woman a new civil suit.
Rose is one of several former bulls now playing for the Timberwolves, Taj Gibson and Luol Deng also played for the Bulls, Thibodeau coached the Bulls from 2010 to &. # 39; 15 Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine played for the Timberwolves before being traded to the Bulls with Lauri Markkanen.
After the game on Wednesday, Rose stayed on the plat z to conduct radio and television interviews. As he retreated into the tunnel, the rest of the fans shouted, "You're the real MVP!" and "Welcome home, Derrick!"
Roses son PJ ran around the locker room and beat up the Bulls' thunderbolts while his father dressed.
The 50 friends, family members, and even his former high school trainer The visitors flooded the corridors, calling for safety to ignore the rule that visitors must be near the family room. There were just too many people.
"The big thing with Derrick is that he's on his way again and every story has a beginning, a middle and an end," said Thibodeau. "And I think his end will be great."