Derrick Rose is expecting to be booed by the Chicago Bulls crowd when he returns to the United Center on Friday with the New York Knicks.
“That would be a dream, but I know I’m going to get some boos here and there,” Rose said Wednesday night. “It’s all a part of the game, all a part of the sport. It’s not going to affect the way that I play and how bad I want to win that game.”
The point guard played his first seven seasons with the Bulls and was the face of the franchise, before he was traded to the Knicks.
The 28-year-old who is a native of the South Side of Chicago says he harbours no ill feelings towards the organisation as he prepares for his first return home.
“There’s no bad blood there at all,” Rose said. “I totally understand the business of this game, and yeah, there’s no bad blood. I never felt that way about getting traded or me coming to this team. I always took it as a blessing that I had the opportunity to come in this market, this franchise, and to be able to create a culture here.”