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Monday, May 7, 2012
Derrick Rose imagined through abstract art

By Jesse Hora
Special to

Jesse Hora, creator of Athlete Objects, returns to the pages of Playbook with an ESPN-exclusive Derrick Rose piece -- one that pays loving tribute to the reigning NBA MVP (Hora is a Chicagoan and Bulls fan) but also acknowledges the star point guard's current injury:

Derrick Rose Art
Rose: The last name that speaks volumes.
Crutches: Unfortunately, Rose suffered a devastating injury in Game 1 of the playoffs.
MVP & ROY: Rose won Most Valuable Player last season and NBA Rookie Of the Year in 2008-09 -- just a few accomplishments in his young NBA career.
No. 1: His jersey number and draft position.
Chicago Bean: Can you find it? He is a Chicago native, the city is in his blood.
Honey with a Lock: A combination of "Pooh" and "Houdini," in a nod to Rose's "Poohdini" tattoo.
Hot Dog: Chicago style, to be exact, no ketchup!