Top 5 moments of Derrick Rose's career with Bulls

Top 5 moments of Derrick Rose's career with Bulls

by Jonathan Joffe

Derrick Rose was traded to the New York Knicks on Wednesday in a multi-player deal, ending his time in Chicago.

After seven seasons with the Bulls, we look back at the top five moments of his time with the Bulls.

No. 5: Buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force OT vs Rockets (December 4, 2010):

As time wound down in the fourth quarter, the Bulls found themselves trailing by three points. Enter Derrick Rose. The point guard attempted to find some room, eventually getting open after being on the back-end of a give-and-go with Joakim Noah. Rose drained his downtown look to force OT, and the Bulls went on to win, 119-116. Stacey King famously proclaimed that "big time players make big time plays" after Rose's shot connected.

No. 4: The Goran Dragic poster (January 22, 2010):

Rose was in the midst of a fast break against the Phoenix Suns in his second NBA season. One defender, Goran Dragic, manages to get back and attempt to break it up. Big mistake. Rose elevated and put Dragic on a poster with an emphatic, two-handed dunk. Dragic just didn't "get the memo," according to Stacey King. Rose finished the game with 32 points in a Bulls victory.

#3, Christmas Day game-winner (December 25, 2011):

Rose graced Bulls fans with a signature floater in traffic against the Lakers with four seconds remaining. The shot put Chicago up by one, sealing a victory and capping off an 11-point comeback in the last four minutes of the contest. 

#2, The step-back jumper to walk off in Milwaukee (March 7, 2012):

Rose sizes up Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings and crosses him over before stepping back and nailing a long two as time expired. Rose gave a classic stink-face walking away as he pounded his chest with both fists, celebrating his feat and a Bulls win.

#1, Buzzer-beating bank shot in the Eastern conference semifinals (May 8, 2015):

Rose's latest gem came as a result of a brilliant inbound play against the Cavs in Game 3 of the 2015 Eastern conference semifinals. Rose was able to gain some room on a Taj Gibson screen and launched a prayer over the Cavs' Tristan Thompson. The ball banked in off the backboard as time expired, giving the Bulls a 2-1 series lead. Rose's teammates lifted him off the floor in awe, but the former MVP showed no emotion. It seemed at the time to be a culmination of Rose's efforts to come back from two devastating injuries.

Despite an up-and-down career in Chicago, Rose certainly left Bulls fans with plenty of memories to look back on.

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?


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: