Derrick Rose: CPS strike 'sad'

Updated: September 11, 2012, 10:38 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

As the Chicago Public Schools teachers strike closed its second day, Chicago Bulls star and CPS product Derrick Rose took to Twitter to express his frustration with the situation.

" I'm sitting here just thinking how sad it is that my city got to go through this. I love my city and everyone in it even my haters!" Rose tweeted.

He followed with: " I don't like that fact that OUR kids are not in school and that's the only thing we have to SAVE these kids."

"He continued with: " I pray everyday for US for real. I know I shouldn't be saying this because I hoop and it's not my lane but I feel like ppl should hear this," before signing off with " Chi town til I die!"

Thousands of teachers walked off the job on Monday when the Chicago Teachers Union began its strike, forcing the closure of the city's public schools. It is the first teacher strike for the CPS, the nation's third-largest school district, in 25 years.

On Monday, the Illinois High School Association denied a waiver request by the CPS to allow athletic teams to continue during the strike.

Rose, who won two state titles at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, is rehabbing his knee after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in the first round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers.