( 4UMF NEWS ) Derrick Rose To Wear No. 25 In Honor Of Slain Hoops Star:
A new team, a new city and now a new jersey number for Derrick Rose.
The new Knicks point guard will wear No. 25 in New York, which is a throwback for Rose, who wore the number in high school to honor slain Chicago hoops star Ben “Benji” Wilson.
“I was honored to have that number,” Rose told NBA.com after Simeon Career Academy retired the number. “Playing here and wearing that number came with a lot of responsibilities. You’ve got to go out there and play hard when everybody is coming at you. You’re on the court almost every possession.”
Rose had previously worn No. 1 since entering the NBA as the top overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in 2008.
The Bulls and Knicks shocked the NBA Wednesday when the teams agreed on a trade for the former MVP. The Knicks sent Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon to Chicago in exchange for Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick.
Rose wore No. 23 while playing college ball at Memphis — that number was obviously unavailable in Chicago — but he wore No. 25 while playing for Simeon Career Academy in high school.
Wilson, the former Chicago hoops star, was shot in broad daylight in 1984. First responders, following the city’s protocol, brought Wilson to the nearest hospital, St. Bernard Hospital, which did not have a trauma unit and wasn’t equipped to treat wilson. Roughly two hours passed before he was operated on and Wilson died the next day.
Wilson’s family filed lawsuits against the hospital and the Chicago Fire Department, and eventually settled in 1992.