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Derrick Rose Toys With Puppets, Our Hearts

6 Jan 2012

Come for the months-old viral video, stay for the nauseatingly fawning copy that results when journalists who don’t usually write about sports decide to celebrate the local star athlete:


Derrick Rose’s emergence as both a basketball player and a man have been amazing to watch unfold. It’s rare for a Chicago sports franchise to witness the career trajectory of a transcendent player. To have lightning strike twice is something we should appreciate, especially when the second time is a homegrown player like the reigning NBA MVP, who still wears his Englewood roots with pride.

Which is what makes this video even all the more amazing and reminds us that Rose is still all of 22, with the attendant childlike wonderment and enthusiasm that comes with being that age. He may be shilling for Adidas and the Bulls here, but watching it, one gets the sense that he could be having just as much fun with the puppets if this weren’t a business trip.

Do you remember often feeling a sense of “childlike wonderment” at 22?

(Also, Derrick Rose is 23.)


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