But Rose's presence is still felt at Englewood's Murray Park, where he once showed up to play basketball despite having broken his right arm climbing a tree earlier in the day. On draft day about 200 Englewood residents gathered at the park to listen to the radio broadcast. They grilled hot dogs, shot three-pointers and munched on gummy bears—a sweet tribute to Pooh. "When the Bulls picked him, we jumped for joy," says John Paul Jones, a community leader who organized the event.
With Rose's sterling start, excitement has given way to expectation. On an overcast afternoon this month 15-year-old Davonta Bishop walked through the autumn leaves at Murray Park, raindrops falling on the brim of his Cubs cap. Bishop has played several pickup games with Rose—"Yeah, Pooh's dropped me some dimes," he says—and he is asked how long it will take for his running mate to deliver a championship to Chicago. Jordan, of course, needed seven years to win his first one and then reeled off five more in rapid succession.
"Derrick Rose is a young guy and people have to realize he is going to need time to mature," said Bishop, himself a precocious point guard. "Give him a year or two."
A Bullish Start
Derrick Rose's numbers through Sunday's games stack up favorably against the rookie statistics of the point guards taken in the top five of the previous three drafts.