Rose blooms a new logo.
On a busy Saturday in Chicago this past weekend for the league’s reigning MVP Derrick Rose – that saw him make a store appearance at the adidas Performance Store inside the Water Tower building, the Foot Locker on State Street, take part in an online chat with fans, capped off by an open run 3-on-3 with a few lucky fans at the James R. Jordan Boys and Girls Club – the Chicago Bulls point guard seemed even more humbled than usual as thousands of fans camped outside as early as Friday night hoping to catch a glimpse or be one of the lucky few to have their picture taken with Chicago’s own.
CounterKicks was on hand at Foot Locker, located on 219 South State Street, as Rose met with fans to unveil the new adidas adiZero Rose 2 to his hometown and we got a chance to ask him and his brother Reggie about some details of the shoe amidst all the lockout-related questions, which he’ll hopefully be having a chance to play in this year.
Derrick fielded questions in small groups of select media outlets and below you’ll find the full transcript of the back-and-forth, with CounterKicks contributor Christopher Cason’s questions prefaced with the “CK” designation.
The biggest unearthed info nugget for sneakerheads? We unwittingly stumbled onto Derrick Rose’s brand new logo, unveiled on his hat, which he tells us all the inspiration for. You won’t find the mark on any current adidas product as it’s not scheduled for an official company reveal until next year. Luckily, we have some photos…
Talk about the commercial for the shoe.
Derrick Rose: It was very hard being out there in the sun all day. It actually took like three days. I went to Spain, the experience was great but I’m just happy the feedback is great. Everybody loved it and hopefully adidas comes up with some new ideas so that we’ll be out there again, but somewhere else.
When (adidas) presented that concept to you, what was your reaction?
Rose: It was like all of a sudden. I was working out and I just got a call saying ‘in two days, you’re going to be in Spain.’ I was getting prepared to go to China so, I’m thinking I have another week to stay in LA and work out and (adidas) called me and two days later I’m in Spain. I went from Spain to Shanghai, Shanghai to Guangzhou, Guangzhou to Beijing, Beijing to Taiwan and then came back to LA.
Does it feel a lot different than last year when you were with Dwight (Howard) and Ken Jeong, now you have it all to yourself; Do you like how that has kind of developed?
Rose: It’s fun. If anything, I think I’ve matured as a person, just being able to talk to people. I think that helped me out a lot. Just by being over there and being by myself. Everybody was loving it, just interacting with the kids over there, the fans and hopefully I’ll be over there (again) soon.
Rose: First off, it’s a low-cut shoe. I’ve never played in a low-top shoe in my life and it’s something new. I think it’s a good looking shoe. Kids can actually wear it to school. Kids can’t afford shoes like that anymore because the recession but to me, I think this is my best looking shoe I’ve had out.
Have you worked out in them yet?
Rose: I work out in them every day.
Will you be playing in those?
Rose: I will be playing in these if there is a season, hopefully.
CK: Are you going to do like last season and also have a second half of the season shoe with it looking like a shortened season already?
Rose: It is. I can’t say anything about it. I have it but I can’t say anything about it.
Last year, you spent a lot of the summer with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love in California and you came back with an improved three-point shot. What’s your point of emphasis this summer in your game?
Rose: Right now, it’s posting up, working on my post game. (I’m) just sharpening up on things like my shooting, dribbling and all of that stuff. I’m just trying to get better as a player. Get smarter; I definitely want my basketball IQ to get better but it comes along with just playing the game.
Are you going to be playing in any of the charity all-star games coming up?
Rose: You know I don’t like all-star games. I don’t like pickup games. I think that’s when people look at your game. I just don’t like it to tell you the truth.
How disappointed are you with what’s happened in the last week (with the labor talks) and not getting a deal done?
Rose: It’s sad. It’s very sad but everyone knows it’s not (the players) fault. If it was up to us, we’ll be out there playing but I think that’s its wrong. I know that (the owners) could easily take care of it and not take advantage of people but I guess that’s just how people are.
Given the historic season that you’re coming off of, it has to be incredibly frustrating.
Rose: If anything, I think it hurts the people in our class. Me, Westbrook, K. Love and everyone else. It definitely is going to hurt us more than anyone else. It’s not too much we can say where (the owners) aren’t thinking about anything (the players) are saying. They’re not taking into consideration nothing we’re trying to give them. We’ll just have to see how it goes.
Who are you in contact with as far as keeping in touch with everything that’s going on with the labor talks and have you been keeping up with what’s going on?
Rose: A little bit but I been so busy. I haven’t had time to go into the news or anything but my agents; Arn (Tellem) and BJ (Armstrong) do a great job at giving me updates. I’m supposed to be talking to D. Fish in the next couple of days or Paul Pierce. We’ll see how it goes from there.
Have you kept in touch with your teammates?
Rose: Joakim (Noah) is out there in LA right now. I worked out with him for two days before I came out here. He’s out there focusing and just working out. Booz (Carlos Boozer) is in Miami, Lu (Luol Deng) is back here, Keith (Bogans) is in Orlando, C.J. (Watson) is in Vegas right now so, I talk to them here and there.
Do you feel responsible to get the guys together at some point when you know what the future is going to be?
Rose: We really don’t know right now. Right now, we have guys that are on vacation, with their families so it’s just up in the air to see what people are going to do.
It’s been a rite of passage for superstars to be a part of Team USA. How important is that for you to be one of the faces of 2012?
Rose: It definitely would be big but it’s not up to me. It’s up to Coach K and the coaching staff to see who they’re going to pick for the team. I would love to play for the team. I would love to be just to be part of the experience but it’s not up to me to make that decision.
You didn’t have any real time to enjoy the MVP because it was the Miami Heat series and then the lockout.
Rose: The biggest thing, you just want to get back out there and play. Like I said, it’s going to hurt us but I think it’s going to hurt basketball, period. We had a great year, last year and for us not to have a season this year or taking this long to come up with a deal; I think that it’s wrong.
I noticed your shoes say “All Flights Cancelled.” Are you trying to send a message to anyone?
Rose: adidas just asked me a whole bunch of questions. They sat me down for an hour, two hours and just picked my brain and asked me a million questions. They just came up with the idea where the thought was all the flights are cancelled, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, Denver, Charlotte, Oklahoma and New York but (Chicago) is cleared for takeoff.
How does it feel to have the biggest shoe launch in Chicago since Jordan?
Rose: It feels good. I’m very blessed. For at least one of you (reporters and writers) to be here but for all of you to come and all of these people to come and just follow everything that I been posting on Facebook; it’s just been a blessing to have this outcome.
Is it cool to see real fans out there? There’s actually kids out there. It’s not just people just trying to get an autograph.
It’s crazy. Words can’t explain how I feel right now. How emotional this is. I’m from here and I’ve been seeing people I went to grammar school with showing support. It means a lot to me.
CK: How close are you and adidas on completion of your logo?
Rose: This is my logo. [Takes off his hat and points to the rose-styled emblem adorning the front]. It has a “D” in there, a “1” and every little petal is my mom and my brothers. My mom is in the middle and my brothers are around here and they made it look like a D, a 1 and a Rose. This is my new logo.
Were you a fan of the NBA shoes when you were young or were they kind of out of reach?
Rose: Out of reach. I had L.A. Gear’s, the ones that light up. You couldn’t hide nowhere. If you wanted to play “IT,” you have to take them off so people wouldn’t find you. I had those and other shoes like that.
If the lockout continues, is Europe still an option?
Rose: I would take it into consideration but I’m not thinking about it right now. I’m trying to stay positive and hoping that there is going to be a regular season.
What do you think it’s going to take to settle the lockout?
Rose: People need to stop being greedy.
Q&A with Derrick’s brother, Reggie Rose:
CK: How confident do you think Derrick is now with having his own line and giving feedback on what he wants and the things he’s looking for in terms of not only footwear but product also?
Reggie Rose: I don’t think it’s confidence, I just think that he’s just so happy to have his own shoe. It’s like a dream come true. At first, when he signed with adidas; after being the number one pick, the first thing a kid thinks is ‘I want my own shoe.’ In his contract they said if you do this, you can get your own shoe so he did that and adidas lived up to the contract and they said it’s time for your shoe so I think he’s just more happy than anything about his shoe.
Are you guys going to just go back to Los Angeles and be based there while waiting on a decision with the labor talks?
Reggie: We’re flying back out to LA, then we’re going to leave on the 23rd to go to Honolulu and Guam for Hoops for Troops. It’s the US World Tour. Everybody now that’s playing in these games is playing for money, we’re going to play these games to give back to the troops because if it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be able to play these games.
What other players are a part of that?
Reggie: It’s DJ Augustine, Tyreke Evans, LaMarcus Aldridge, Al Horford and I think Mike Miller is joining the tour also.
With all the stars playing in the charity games, has that been something that’s gotten Derrick’s attention?
Reggie: Actually, when he was younger and you had the Pro-Ams; I never allowed him to play street basketball. That’s something that has stuck with him. Back then, he wasn’t making money and now he’s making money and the magnitude of him getting hurt; I just think it could be a dumb move on his part. He never even had the urge to sneak out there and play. He’s more like, ‘If I play, I want to play for real.’
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