• Don Collins

An Ode to Derrick Rose (Day 2)

Updated: Feb 13, 2020

Hey everyone!

It’s Don again. Welcome to Day 2 of The Anion Sports 25 Days of Christmas blog. Day 1 served as a nice intro to the blog and I was ecstatic about the support and the love shown towards it. Thanks again because that seriously means the world to me.

Moving forward to Day 2, I have a very special message for one of my favorite athletes. I hope you all don’t mind, I wrote it as a letter.

Dear Derrick Rose,

In the recent developments that have occurred that have resulted in you being away from the Cleveland Cavaliers, I took the time to think about you. Not just Derrick the basketball player, but also Derrick the human being.

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I’ll address Derrick Rose the basketball player first. You sir, have given me some of the greatest sport related moments in my entire life. The one and done season you had at Memphis was my introduction to college hoops. It was also the last time I bet against you. The beginning to your Bulls career was a god send for the team and the fanbase. Not only did we have the best player in Chicago since Jordan left, but we all were treated to the greatest postseason series in NBA history (Those dang Celtics, who did they think they were?!?!?!?). From there, the MVP season that made us all proud of you and announced your arrival to the game’s elite players. Then life got in the way.

I won’t bother rehashing the events of the next couple years. I’m sure you’ve heard it all. I don’t know what it’s like to be famous, but Kevin Durant showed us how athletes can and do see all that is written about them. I’m here to discuss how much you mean to us.

Mr. Rose, you have been through a lot. Both on and off the court. I imagine it must be very difficult to manage it all. But despite everything, you’ve manage to continue to inspire and give hope. You’ve shown us what it means to rise from the bleak situation life handed us and make life better for your family. You’ve shown us how to battle through adversity, pain and frustration. You’ve dealt with disappointment and been driven out of the team you should have spent your whole career with; and handled it better than we did as fans.

At the end of the day, whatever you decide to do with regards to your career going forward. Thank you. You’re truly one of the greatest players I’ve ever seen with my own two eyes. I’ll never forget the career you’ve had. The highs, the lows and everything in between. Regardless of what “they” may say. You have been, are still, and forever will be one of us. An athlete. A hero. An inspiration. A Chicagoan. A human being.

Happy Holidays Derrick,

Don Collins.

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