Derrick Rose wasn't feeling great after the Chicago Bulls lost to the Indiana Pacers in overtime on Friday, but the news that Simeon High School advanced to the Class 4A state title game did cheer him up.
"I hope they win," Rose said. "We need it. If anything, it made me happy for tonight just hearing that. So for them to keep winning, it means a lot, and I wish them nothing but the best."
Rose led the Wolverines to back-to-back state championships in 2006 and 2007. Simeon has won another state championship since then.
Rose said he will try to be in attendance for Saturday's championship game at Carver Arena in Peoria, Ill.
"That would give us extra motivation," Simeon coach Robert Smith said. "It shows how much the program means to kids for him to still be thinking of us, especially if he came down. This place would be crazy if he comes."
Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. ESPNChicago.com Bulls reporter Nick Friedell contributed to this report.