This is a part of the article The Secret written by Aggrey Sam for SLAM magazine when D-Rose was the cover boy. It was released December 2010. I have a copy of that issue and I felt like it would be nice to share this bit.
With Rose sold on Thibodeau’s defensive scheme and real basketball structure around him for the first time in his career, and with the addition of Boozer (once he’s healthy) to complement the energetic Noah inside and a cast of solid role players, hopes are high in the ‘Go—and with those increased expectations come more demands on the team’s shy star.
“Of course you want [to fade into the background], but if you want to be the best or if you’re a top player or whatever, they’re going to demand you go places, no matter what it is, especially in this market—the Chicago market—where the Bulls are a franchise a lot of people love,” Rose acknowledges. “I’m just doing it to put the Bulls out there and hold us up because I think that in a couple of years—no, next year-this season, I mean, we have a good shot to at least make a run to play for the Championship.
“It kind of hurt when we were losing, when I was in high school and stuff, seeing other teams in the NBA winning championships and we weren’t even near them…We couldn’t brag about it any more, but now it makes me work hard, just thinking about trying to get back to those days, when the city was in a frenzy about the team,” he continues. “It’s putting chills on my body right now, dog, just thinking about it. I would probably pass out if we ever won a championship in Chicago—just black out, man. I think the city needs it, man. We’ve been waiting for a long time. I know that we’re going to get there one day, but only God knows…I think I’m ready for it, I think the team is ready for it, I think the organization is ready for it, and I think Chicago needs it.”