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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.

Seven years ago today LeBron James slammed the Bulls' championship window shut

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Seven years ago today LeBron James slammed the Bulls' championship window shut

The Bulls couldn't have known it at the time, but when LeBron James blocked a Derrick Rose 3-point attempt in the final seconds of Game 5 in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, it was the closest those Bulls would ever get to the promised land.

It happened on May 26, 2011, seven long, long, long years ago today.

The game was an ugly one and certainly a fourth quarter the Bulls would love to have back. They took a 12-point lead on a Ronnie Brewer 3-pointer with 3:53 remaining. The Heat closed the game on a 19-4 run, with James' emphatic block on Rose the lasting image of the series.

James finished with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds, and added six assists, three steals and two blocks in 46 minutes.

Rose went just 9-for-29, finishing the series shooting 35 percent from the field after being named league MVP over James.

It's probably unfair to say James and James alone shut the Bulls' championship window. Rose's ACL tear the following postseason realistically was the biggest culprit. But these Bulls had won 62 games, had homecourt advantage, had the MVP, the Coach of the Year and all the momentum. And still they couldn't get it done against James.

That win also sent James to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007. He's been there every year since, though that could change as he faces the Celtics on Sunday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson scored 10 of 12 points for the Bulls during a fourth quarter run in Game 5 of the 1991 NBA Finals, the series clincher, and famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch that series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.