You see the news stories about Chicago weekly. The city is a mess with gang violence and daily shootings. Growing up in the tough Chicago neighborhood of Englewood, it could have very easily been gang violence that would have captured the heart of Derrick Rose instead of basketball.
His family and coaches recognized his talent an insulated Rose from that world. They knew what they had and would not let it go to waste. Rose went on to prove them right, and he owes a debt of gratitude to all of them for his success.