I am sure many Chicago Bulls fans love to see this headline. Derrick Rose’s No. 1 jersey will not be worn by another player while a certain Bulls employee is around. Equipment manager Steve Pankow told Darnell Mayberry of The Atheltic that he is not “assigning” anyone that jersey number.
There have been a few photoshops released with other players wearing the famous No. 1 jersey. Whenever those photoshops are released, it’s met with an uproar from fans. That’s how much Rose means to the Bulls and the City of Chicago.
When the Bulls acquired former NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams in 2016, it was assumed he would wear No. 1. Sift through the above tweet thread to see how fans reacted to that.
The latest player to feel some of that pushback is Goran Dragic. When it was announced he was signing with Chicago, ESPN tweeted a photoshop of him in a Bulls jersey. Yeah, you guessed it. He was wearing No. 1, and Bulls fans did not like that one bit. Just check the replies to the tweet below.
Rose was the youngest MVP in NBA History. He became a three-time NBA All-Star with the franchise as well. Rose’s career was flipped upside down due to a torn ACL in the 2011-12 NBA Playoffs. Though his Bulls tenure ended in a trade and a plethora of “what-ifs,” fans still love the Englewood native.
Derrick Rose is still actively playing in the NBA today. Once he retires, I could absolutely see the Bulls retiring his number. Though he didn’t bring a championship to Chicago, his impact on the franchise should never be questioned. Rose truly made Chicago Bulls basketball cool again.
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