Derrick Rose introduced his new Adidas shoe line Thursday in Chicago, talking about how the design of the shoe reflects very personal things to him, a bizarre scenario only conceivable in the nexus of the worlds of professional sports and fashion.
But he did field one question on a pretty serious subject, beyond his own rehabilitation from the playoff-ending injury that's expected to keep him out until at least the beginning of next year. Rose has been commenting on Twitter about the Chicago teachers strike without taking a side, and continued that stance when asked about the situation -- but did so in a very human way everyone can support.
From Sporting News' Chris Littmann:
.@drose answers a quick teacher strike question: "Just to see kids out at 12 o' clock when they're supposed to be in school just hurts you."— Chris Littmann (@chrislittmann) September 13, 2012
That's a pretty touching response on a very touchy issue. Rose has such a strong connection to the city and knows what challenges kids in the school system face. Even though Rose isn't taking a side on the issue, at least he's commenting on the situation. And why would he take a side? He's not an expert on the complex economic issues that divide the union and the city, nor aware of the political ramifications all around. He just wants to see the kids back in school full-time, and maybe that's something that should be a bigger part of the focus, even as both sides have legitimate points.