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Derrick Rose Ties the Knot With Longtime Girlfriend With Former Bulls Teammate Taking Up Officiating Duties

Published 09/09/2023, 11:27 PM EDT

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The wedding bells have rung for the Memphis Grizzlies star, Derrick Rose. The former MVP has added to the offseason of wedlocks, joining 2-time All-Star, Trae Young and reigning MVP, Joel Embiid. However, the Chicago Bulls legend had an uncanny officiator for the wedding, his own former teammate.

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Derrick Rose has tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Alaina Anderson. The couple have been linked since 2016, when Rose was still playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Their wedding comes after the former MVP popped the question back in 2021. However, while the couple celebrated their joyous moment, Rose’s gesture towards his former teammate showed the bond they have shared over the years.

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The 34-year-old and his longtime girlfriend tied the knot this weekend after seven years of dating. Derrick Rose and Alaina Anderson also share two kids, daughter Layla Malibu and son London Marley who were also in attendance for their wedding. However, the most prestigious role in the ceremony, officiating, was taken up by none other than Rose’s ex-teammate, Joakim Noah.


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Noah and Rose go way back to when the 3-time All-Star was drafted to the Bulls in 2008. Former Defensive Player of the Year, Noah, served as the team’s starting center at the time. The two shared terrific chemistry on the court which also translated to a wonderful friendship over the years. That bond prompted Noah to take big role in Rose’s big moment.


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On his part, Rose celebrated the wedding with his spouse by posting various pictures on social media. The moment when the couple shared their first kiss revealed Noah in the background standing as the officiator. Their pictures also featured their kids in suits, including Rose’s eldest son, PJ Rose.

But while Rose seemed over the moon with his wedding, his bond with his former Bulls buddy also became a major highlight of the event.

So how did the bond begin?

Officiating a wedding is always the greatest honor one can bestow upon their friend. Rose giving this honor to his Bulls teammate, Noah speaks volumes about their friendship over the years. In fact, the two have shared a similar bond on the court as well, achieving tremendous success together. 


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Derrick Rose came into the Bulls organization as the No.1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. However, Noah had joined the franchise just a year prior, as the 9th overall pick. The two almost began their career together and achieved major success in the NBA with the other by their side. The two also had an incredible pick-n-roll game that translated to the Bulls’ regular trips to the playoffs.

Their Bulls stint drew them closer than ever as they became very close friends. In fact, their friendship runs so deep that even Rose played a role in Noah’s wedding in 2022. Rose served as the photographer for Noah’s wedding with Brazilian model, Lais Ribeiro. Now, Noah returned the favor by officiating the former MVP’s wedding.


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Evidently, Noah and Rose have shared a close connection over the years. Now, with the help of his friend, the former MVP is officially married to his longtime girlfriend Alaina Anderson.

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Written by:

Sachit Kaundinya


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Sachit is an NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for several years and is deeply passionate about the sport and it’s strategic aspects. Combining his passion and desire to stay connected with basketball, Sachit pursued a writing career.
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Sameen Nawathe