In 20 years, Michael Jordan will still be remembered as one of the best. Whether you love or hate his style, he is going to go down in history books and a legendary figure. His legacy includes six championships with the Chicago Bulls and an unmatched record for 23 straight playoff games.

'He Still Does Go Down as One of the Best'

Derrick Rose had a storied career at Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy, where he won two state titles and was named Mr. Basketball of Illinois in 2007. He was such a draw that students would arrive early for games to see his spectacular before dunks.

Ray Young, the father of Atlanta Hawks All-Star point player Trae Young, couldn’t believe how magnificent one of Rose’s old high school pregame dunks was on social media lately. Ray made a point of giving Rose his flowers as well.

“He still does go down as one of the greatest,” Trae Young’s father says of Derrick Rose.

“This is in high school ya’ll,” Ray tweeted in response to one of Rose’s pregame high school dunks. This is high school, again.” Rose was a high school athlete who accomplished feats that defied science on a regular basis.

Rose enters the NBA as the No. 1 overall draft choice in 2008 after one year of collegiate basketball at Memphis. He was drafted by his hometown Chicago Bulls and immediately made an impact, earning the Rookie of the Year Award in 2008-09 after averaging 16.8 points and 6.3 assists.

In his third season, Rose made NBA history by being the league’s youngest MVP. He led the Bulls to the best record in the NBA, averaging 25.0 points and 7.7 assists per game. Unfortunately, since winning MVP, the three-time All-Star has had four knee operations and is no longer considered a superstar in the game. Ray, on the other hand, did not disregard Rose’s historical significance.

“If he doesn’t get harmed, he goes down as one of the finest basketball players to ever live,” Ray tweeted in response to a fan who wrote, “If he doesn’t get hurt, he goes down as one of the best basketball players to ever live.” Ray seems to be a tremendous Rose admirer, but he may not be the biggest in his family.

Trae Young is a big fan of Derrick Rose.

In the first round of the 2021 playoffs, the Hawks and the New York Knicks met. Despite Rose’s 19.4 points and 5.0 assists per game, Atlanta won the series in five games. Young was unstoppable throughout the series, averaging 29.2 points, 9.8 assists, and 34.1 percent shooting from outside the arc.

Rose lauded Young’s performance after the series, and the Hawks star appreciated the encouragement from the 2011 MVP. “This is love,” he tweeted. If only @drose understood how much he’s influenced my career. Respect! #TheresOnlyOneRose.”

Rose has been admired by his peers since winning the MVP award at the age of 22 and has never given up on his NBA goal despite several injuries. Since earning the MVP award in 2011, the Chicago native has had seven operations and was out of the league for part of the 2017-18 season.

Rose’s career was reinvigorated in 2018-19 thanks to Tom Thibodeau and the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the whole NBA was delighted for him following what happened on October 31, 2018.

The Assassin of the Windy City set a new career best with 50 points.

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Rose was dealt to the Utah Jazz by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2018 trade deadline. The veteran guard was later released by Utah, and he was not immediately picked up by another club. Rose was signed by the Timberwolves in March 2018, and the rest is history.

In 2018-19, D-Rose averaged 18.0 points per game with the Timberwolves, including a career-high 50 points against the Jazz on October 31. The NBA community hailed Rose for overcoming all hardship to score a career-high against the club that waived him, from LeBron James to Stephen Curry to Scottie Pippen.

Young is one of several young NBA players who grew up watching Rose play. It must have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him to face the Bulls great in the 2021 playoffs and get favorable feedback from him.

Trae, on the other hand, seems to be in a competition with his father to be the Young household’s No. 1 Rose fan.

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