The 2008 NBA Draft was held on June 26th, 2008 in New York City and the Chicago Bulls selected hometown kid, Derrick Rose with the first overall pick.
The Chicago Bulls had a 1.7% chance to land the first pick and it seemed that fate was on their side. Derrick had grown up in Englewood and had burst on the scene when he attended Simeon High School.
Derrick Rose then went on to attend Memphis and helped lead his team to the NCAA National Championship game. The Tigers ultimately lost that game to the Kansas Jayhawks.
It’s no secret that when the Bulls lucked into the number one pick Derrick Rose was their target. Derrick was ready to represent his city and bring a championship back to Chicago.
Though injuries derailed Derrick’s time with the Bulls, he still became the youngest MVP in league history and helped lead the Bulls to consecutive playoff appearances. Derrick brought relevancy back to Chicago Bulls basketball and as a fan, I am forever grateful.
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