Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose discusses growing up in a tough neighborhood of Chicago and his desire for an NBA championship.
In "Drive," the latest installment of Adidas' and Derrick Rose's web series, "The Return," Rose discusses growing up in a tough Chicago neighborhood, his mother's influence, and his desire to win an NBA championship.
Rose was born and raised in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago's South Side. In the video, Rose talks about how his strong relationship with his mother and his love of basketball helped him through difficult times and gave him the drive to make his life better:
"When I was growing up, my thing was just changing my mom's lifestyle. She's my mom, my father; I can talk to her about anything. She's like my friend. Our relationship is definitely strong."
On the subject of his on-court play, Rose is humble and makes it clear that one thing matters more than anything else: winning. Despite earning the league's MVP award in the 2010-11 season, Rose doesn't believe he can brag until he wins an NBA title:
"I can't talk, I can't brag about anything. I won an MVP award, so – that was two years ago. ... You can't say (anything) until you win a championship."
Rose is coming back from a torn ACL he suffered in the first round of last year's playoffs, and he hopes to be back on the court sometime around the All-Star Game. Before injuring his knee, Rose averaged 21.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 7.9 assists during the 2011-12 regular season.