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Rose: "Mom, we finally made it"

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Rose: "Mom, we finally made it"

The basketball community is familiar with NBA MVP Derrick Rose's overwhelmingly humble nature and he was nothing but grateful when it came to signing a five-year maximum contract with the Chicago Bulls.

"I'm tremendously blessed," Rose said in a press conference Wednesday morning. "I don't take anything for granted and I appreciate everyone and I think I can finally say this now, Mom, we finally made it."

Rose's contract is worth 94 million but the 23-year-old All-Star insists that money won't change him.

"Money I don't think is going to change me, if anything it would have changed me by now I think," he said. "Right now with the salary I'm getting I'm able to get whatever I want, I don't spend that much, I'm humble, I'm going to take care of others and it has a lot to do with my mom."

Rose also added that he's not even sure how much he makes. "I just know I get paid, I watch my accounts, they're growing and I'm happy," he said.

His humble nature hasn't gone unnoticed with coach Tom Thibodeau.

Thibodeau said at the press conference, "He embodies all the characteristics that you look for in a championship player. When you look at his will to win, his basketball IQ, unselfishness, his humility, I think those are the things you can build a championship caliber team around."

Rose is still in shock at his success and the opportunities he's gotten.

"I really can't explain it," he said. "I never thought in a million years that I would sign a contract like this and sometimes it makes me think like 'Why Me?'"

"I think the sky's the limit," Bulls general manager Gar Forman added. "Wherever his ceiling is, Derrick Rose will reach it."

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times), Hub Arkush (ProFootball Weekly) and Jason Goch (SB Nation) join Kap on the panel.

The guys debate which team will finish with a higher draft pick when the season ends: Bulls or Blackhawks?

Plus, hear their reaction to the MLB’s new pace-of-play rule change.

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here: