The Washington Post

Derrick Rose tears up as shoe promotion turns poignant (video)

Derrick Rose breaks down during a news conference unveiling his new shoe the Adidas D Rose 3 in Chicago. (Paul Beaty / AP)

The Chicago Bulls star, appearing at a press conference, revisited the knee injury that ended his season, his May 12 surgery and rehab and then broke down. Rose held his head in his hands for a long time as he tried to compose himself. One of his three brothers handed him a tissue. Then he spoke of the experience he’s going through — and what is happening this summer in Chicago.

“This is truly a blessing,” Rose said (via the Chicago Tribune). “With all this stuff that’s going on in this city [the violence in his Englewood neighborhood, the teachers’ strike], a kid from Englewood [has] something positive going on. That makes me feel so good. This shoe is great. All this is great.

“But I can’t explain it. ... I went through so much and to have true fans, that means a lot to me. And I know it means a lot to [my family. Because we’re not supposed to be here at all. But God made a way.”

Rose, 23, is expected to miss eight-to-12 months as he rehabs from his torn anterior cruciate ligament in California.

“Recovery has been good,” he said Thursday. “I’m rehabbing five times a week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we do lower and upper body and bike workouts. I’m starting to shoot now. I’m starting to jump a little. I’m seeing improvement every week.

“My leg does get sore sometimes, but I’m able to fight through it. My trainers are making sure I’m doing a great job telling them what’s going on so they can treat me right.”

Follow us: @CindyBoren | @MattBrooksWP

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing