Derrick Rose will wear his high school number with the Knicks

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CHICAGO – He might be leaving his hometown, but Derrick Rose has decided to go back to his roots.

The former Bulls guard, who was traded to the Knicks on Wednesday, will wear No. 25 when he starts playing in New York next season.

That is the number he wore during his standout career at Simeon High School. Rose wore it in tribute to the late Ben Wilson, a Simeon standout who was killed in 1984 before his senior season.

The announcement was made by the Knicks on Twitter today.



This will be the third different number for Rose in his basketball career. During his one season at Memphis in 2007-2008 Rose wore No. 23 in helping the Tigers to the National Championship game.

When he was taken first overall by the Bulls that summer, Rose wore the No. 1 and kept it during his eight years with the franchise.