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Franchise Legend Facilitated ex-MVP Derrick Rose’s Move to Grizzles Following “Casual Conversation” with Suspended All-Star Ja Morant

Published 10/03/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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Derrick Rose stands out as one of the NBA’s most extraordinary players to grace the hardwood. Despite enduring significant setbacks in his career due to injuries, Rose’s skill set remains unparalleled, even after more than a decade in the league. The youngest MVP in NBA history possessed a unique combination of lightning-fast speed, explosive athleticism, and the uncanny ability to finish over multiple defenders. Following his injuries, Rose adapted his playing style to accommodate his body’s limitations.

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In recent times, Rose has suited up for several teams, including the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, and Minnesota Timberwolves. However, in the 2023-24 season, he’ll be wearing a Memphis Grizzlies jersey. While it marks his first Grizzlies stint, it also serves as a nostalgic return to Memphis, where he first made waves during his University of Memphis days. The prospect of Rose’s comeback to the city has generated immense excitement not only for the 34-year-old but also for his fans worldwide.

Derrick Rose opens up on his journey to the Grizzlies


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As training camp hits full throttle, players and staff are engaging more with the media. During the Memphis Grizzlies‘ media day, Derrick Rose found himself in a similar situation. Damichael Cole from Memphis Commercial Appeal posed a question to Rose about the sequence of events that led him to join the Grizzlies.

In response, Rose revealed that he initiated contact with Grizzlies legend Tony Allen to make things happen. “It started with me reaching out to Tony Allen to get Ja’s number, or to get Ja’s dad’s number. And me chopping it up having a casual conversation with them led to my agent talking to Grizzlies and mentioning me coming in. That’s something I never though about. Ever since I left here I never though about it.”


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During his Memphis University days, Rose was widely regarded as one of the greatest players. He made a significant impact during his time with the Tigers by earning a third-team All-American selection. Furthermore, he became the first player in the school’s history to be the top pick in the NBA Draft.

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Under Rose’s leadership, the Tigers embarked on a remarkable journey. Starting the season with an undefeated 26-0 record, they secured the coveted No. 1 ranking in the country. Furthermore, Rose steered the Tigers to the NCAA title game in 2008, facing off against Kansas.


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Rose claims he’s not in Memphis to babysit players

Ja Morant‘s explosive ability to soar through the air and finish plays around defenders is like no other. However, even though not the same, it draws comparisons to the vintage Derrick Rose now and then. With Rose’s arrival in Memphis, there’s a natural anticipation that he can assist Morant in refining his growth. Additionally, Rose’s presence could help Morant avoid the injuries that Rose had to confront.

Moreover, given Rose’s composed and determined demeanour, many believe he can impart these qualities to Ja; fostering a more well-rounded individual. When questioned about the same, Rose makes it clear, “I’m not here to babysit.” While he expresses his commitment to doing everything necessary to elevate his teammates, he also emphasizes his eagerness to take on challenges for his growth. He desires an active role in achieving victory.


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Furthermore, Rose underscores the importance of “time, patience, and discipline” when it comes to nurturing Ja Morant’s development.

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Written by:

Saahil Dhillan


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Saahil Dhillan is an NBA Writer at Essentially Sports. He has been writing articles and blogs for 5 years now, including those for a sports brand that manufactures knee braces, for a Red Bull athlete in 2019 and for a documentary of an Ultra Running Coach in 2021. There’s plenty Saahil can write about why he likes basketball, having followed the NBA for more than 10 years, but he is most keen on picking out various offense/defense strategies, on/off-court decisions, roster changes in crunch time and other underrated key elements that leave an impact on the scoreboard.
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Sameen Nawathe