Derrick Rose was in Chicago Thursday to promote his latest signature basketball shoe from adidas, the D Rose 3.
During the event, Rose became very emotional after a video was shown that chronicles his journey back to the court after suffering a torn ACL injury during the Chicago Bulls first game of the playoffs last April.
“I know it’s emotional,” adidas Vice President of Global Basketball Lawrence Norman said. “You just have to understand that you’re inspiring millions of fans with your comeback. But the purpose of “The Return” goes both ways, because they’re inspiring you. Whether it’s communicating with you on Facebook or Twitter, or the millions and millions of hits on your videos. Inspiration goes both ways, so maybe you can tell us about some of the inspiration you’re getting from your fans.”
After a short 30-second moment, Rose began to speak.
“It’s truly a blessing,” Rose said via ProBasketballTalk, while still choking back the tears. “With all of the stuff that’s going on in this city, a kid from Englewood has got something positive going on. That makes me feel so good. This shoe is great; all this is great. But I can’t explain this. I can’t. I went through so much. To have, like, 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 the way.”