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Earlier today, we received this emotional lament from one of our Chicago correspondents. He reports, "I was at the gym and saw someone wearing a No. 5 Bulls jersey with Rose printed on the back. I was thinking, 'Wow, that person is confident the Bulls are going to pick Derrick.' Then I thought, 'Wait, is it custom? Where I can even I get one of those?' Just as I started walking toward the guy to ask him where he got it, it hit me. 'Damn, Jalen Rose was a Bull, too.' I turned around and walked to the locker room."
Bottom line: Derrick Rose has some big Rosey shoes to fill. Or does he? Let's stack it up.
Jalen: Born and raised in Dee-troit in the Bill Laimbeer Era. His biological father was none other than Jimmy Walker, who started with none other than Jerry West. (Trippy factor: though they corresponded some, Jalen never met his father in person.)
Derrick: Born and raised in Chicago in the Michael Jordan Era, and the post-Jordan Era, basically up until now. Not sure if either stacks up with Laimbeer Era, seeing as ol' flopper is basically our best friend.
HS Legend Status
Jalen: A stud, a McDonald's All-American and all that, but wasn't even in the best player in his own city due to a dude named Chris Webber. Still, we should also note Jalen was a 6'8" point guard in high school, which is funny just to think about.
Derrick: Won two state titles at Simeon, and has maybe the sickest HS dunk sequence we've ever seen.
Jalen: A member of the Fab Five. Nuff said.
Derrick: Went to to national title game, and like the elder Rose, lost that game. (But not to Hurley and Laettner.)
Freshman Year Bonus, Authors
Jalen: His Freshman year inspired Mitch Albom's first book, Fab Five, notable because Albom did a few more books, and can now type his rough drafts on money if he wants.
Bonus Two, Shoes and Fashion
Jalen: The Fab Five made the black socks movement huge, and also sported the Air Huarache, which was an insane-looking shoe. Definitely a blip in below-the-knees fashion history with this crew.
Derrick: He should have a shoe contract—in about ten hours.
Jalen: 13th overall after his Sophomore year. Not bad.
Derrick: No. 1 in about four hours.
Jalen: A solid career. A diverse player, but probably never a true go-to #1 type guy. He was a good running mate for Reggie Miller when they went to three straight Eastern Conference Finals. Weird note is that he was once in a trade package for Brad Miller, Ron Mercer, and yes, Ron Artest, sending Artest to the Pacers. So he sort of made Artest. Wait. Do we want to say that?
Derrick: Well, we know he'll get paid. If the Bulls take him, he'll also already be involved in creating what could be a large trade for a member of the current Bulls backcourt.
Time on ESPN
Jalen: Jalen is a studio analyst…
Derrick: …but he's not the No. 1 pick in the draft. Derrick will get more air than the Red Sox for a few weeks here.
Jalen: Gave Mutumbo a check for $100,000 for charity. If you roll with Mutumbo in charity, you roll deep.
Derrick: Let the dude get a check.
Bottom line, Derrick has a lot in front of him, but Jalen, still only 35, is still rolling in some ways, and can't be denied his Rosey status just yet.