New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose bucked the NBA’s current trend of boycotting Donald Trump–owned properties by announcing plans to hang on to his $2.8 million, three-bedroom condo on the 84th floor of Trump International Hotel and Tower in downtown Chicago.
The 2008 first pick in the NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls places his investments and family well ahead of making political statements. Rose in an interview with the New York Post gave reason why he plans to keep his prime real estate asset even after the Bulls traded him to the Knicks in June.
“I felt like that’s a great location. I felt no one can tell me where to sell my property and how to sell it. I felt like I can make a helluva profit down the line, if I want to sell it or don’t want to,” asserted the former Bulls superstar. “The location is so great, I can keep it in my family for generations.’
Last week Breitbart News reported that at least three NBA teams—the Bucks, Grizzlies, and Mavericks—plan to boycott any Donald Trump–owned or licensed properties when they travel for road games. Bucks owner Marc Lasry and the Mavericks owner Mark Cuban both ardently supported failed Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton.
Rose, who has struggled with knee injuries ever since winning the NBA MVP award in 2011, says he understands that some teams may not want to associate with the president-elect’s name, but states that he prefers to stay out of the “political world.”
The three-time NBA All-Star focuses on the business side of real estate and speculates that he may sell the condo one day. “Who knows? In a year or two, it may triple the price. I’m not selling it because I don’t want to feel I’m being forced to. It’s an investment.’’