Derrick Rose's biggest fans aren't from Chicago. That's a fact.
It may be jolting to read given that No. 1 jerseys are still rocked everywhere from Englewood to Edgewater, but his hometown supporters have absolutely nothing on his Chinese fans.
That was proven this weekend when the youngest MVP in NBA history visited Shenyang, China on an Adidas promotional event. There, D-Rose was shown an incredibly moving tribute video featuring his Chinese diehards praising him. From "I love you, Rose" to "you're my hero," the video was a literal tear-jerker. As in, it left Rose in literal tears:
It makes sense that the kid from Chicago would have international name recognition because of his meteoric rise in the world's elite basketball league and top-shelf endorsements, but his connection with China runs much deeper. His jersey topped China's best-sellers list in 2014-2015, according to Sports Illustrated.
Of course, injuries derailed what could have been a Hall of Fame career, but he still has ardent supporters.
Watch clips of the video above or the full tribute here. Or, if you are super depressed that he never returned to his dominant self after tearing his ACL, you can watch the highlights from his freakin' ridiculous MVP year and wallow. Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
Here are Three Things to Watch when the Bulls take on the Phoenix Suns Sunday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.
1. Something's got to give
What's the opposite of an unstoppable force vs. an immovable object? That's what we'll be looking at when the Bulls have the ball in their hands. Chicago ranks dead last in offensive efficiency, while the Suns have the 2nd worst defensive efficiency in the NBA. That means the Bulls, after scoring a season-high 123 points against the Hornets, can build on that momentum against a Suns defense that allowed 90 points in the FIRST HALF to the Rockets on Thursday.
2. Kris Dunn for real?
Fresh off the best game of his young career - he scored 22 points in a win over the Hornets on Friday - Kris Dunn continues to look like the best point guard on the Bulls roster. He's going through a really solid stretch right now, averaging 13.2 points on 47 percent shooting, 4.2 assists and 2.6 steals over his last four games. With Eric Bledsoe out of Phoenix, Dunn could be in line for another big game going up against Mike James and Tyler Ulis, regardless of whether or not he starts over Jerian Grant.
3. Watch out for Devin Booker
We'll try to get an opponent in here once for every tune-in, and Devin Booker certainly fits the bill. Much like Dunn is doing, Booker is on quite a roll these days. Over his last four games Booker is averaging 30.5 points on 51 percent shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. The Bulls will need to keep their eyes on Booker at all times, especially after allowing Kemba Walker to go off for 47 points on Friday.
On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson react to a breakout game from Kris Dunn against the Hornets Friday night. They’ll discuss his development and how it impacts rookie Lauri Markkanen. Plus just how long will both the Wolves and Bulls be judged on the Jimmy Butler trade? Is Dwight Howard a hall of famer? And a new era in Philly with Simmons and Embiid. That and more on this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast.