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Sometimes when you win you wish you hadn’t. Sometimes the prize isn’t worth the pressure. Sometimes winning puts you in a situation where choices must be made. Sometimes winning comes with responsibility.
The number one pick in the NBA Draft is the closest to a sure thing of all the major sports. More times than not when the balls bounce your way and you receive the number one pick your future is set, wins are secured and the franchise’s hope is safe and sound.
The Chicago Bulls have a chance to give their franchise that type of sanctuary. A rookie will be the catalyst for a basketball revival in Chicago, Illinois. The glory days appear to be on the horizon. A city seems set for a revival.
Basketball in Chicago is sacred. The ballplayers that emerge from her womb are known nation wide. As you travel the myriad roads basketball can take you, certain players jog your memory. You remember their savvy and their swagger. You remember playing with guys from Detroit, New York, Philly or Chicago. More than the person you remember their heritage and their pedigree. You remember their city.
That’s the beauty of Chicago. Her reputation precedes her. The players that have gained fame and fortune by way of her training are legendary. Thomas, Dantley, Hardaway, Walker, Wade. The list goes on and on.
To give birth to and develop greatness is a wonderful thing; to display it and prosper as a result of that same seed is rare and remarkable feat. Lebron James is Ohio’s own. You get the feeling his situation in Cleveland is more than basketball. It’s a relationship, they are connected. A man, his sport, his team and his city.
Consider for a second a reincarnation of that relationship. Consider Derrick Rose, basketball, the Bulls and Chicago. Think about the possibilities of having a dynamic point guard with the ability to dominate in stretches. Imagine having a star that the city would not only accept but flock to with support. The more you consider the possibilities the harder it is to understand how Chicago can pass up this opportunity.
Sometimes it’s about basketball. As a GM, owner, or coach you have to make the decision that will pay the greatest dividends on the court. Other times the situation calls for so much more. This is one of those situations.
The Chicago Bulls need to make Derrick Rose the number one pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Shortly thereafter they need to hire a coach that will guide and develop his amazing talents. (Avery Johnson!!!!!)
The validity of this pick will be debated, analyzed and no doubt even discredited in the coming months. You can argue the soundness of this pick but you cannot argue the impact of a native son on his city. Chicago needs Derrick Rose and that my friends is bigger than basketball.