"I've gotta be the only superstar in the league that's going through what I'm going through right now," Derrick Rose complained on Monday night, incensed about what he saw as a lack of foul calls against players defending him. "But I can't say too much about it."
NBA officials may not be giving him his due, but Rose is certainly getting the superstar treatment on the real estate front: The league's MVP has purchased an 84th floor bachelor pad in Chicago's Trump International Tower & Hotel, featuring an unobstructed downtown view, Brazilian walnut hardwood floors and concrete pillars wrapped in a mosaic of iridescent glass tiles.
Rose's flat contains three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a den and a professional-level kitchen. The 3,102-square-foot apartment, which takes up half the 84th floor, cost Rose a $1 million down payment and a $1.7 million mortgage with Northern Trust. No. 1 can certainly afford it: The star point guard just signed a $260 million "lifetime" contract with Adidas, on top of a $95 million contract extension with the Bulls.
"Man, it's definitely a blessing," said Rose, 23, about the 14-year Adidas deal. "Of course we've been trying to get it out of the way for a long time. I just remember them bringing it up to me and I couldn't really think about the amount. It was crazy. I'm just blessed and feel grateful."
Adding to D-Rose's embarrassment of riches will be the fine amenities of the Trump Tower. His condo comes with two parking spots, as well as pool and gym access. The master bathroom is lined in limestone and features double sinks, double showers and a deep Jacuzzi. Rose can call on gourmet room service, a constantly on-duty concierge and daily cleaning services -- all for a mere $2,700 monthly assessment.
"It's definitely an unbelievable feeling just being up there," Rose said about his new skyscraper digs. "The view is nice and I don't take it for granted. It's a blessing."
"He got one of the top four units in the building," said Andrew Glatz, president of Chicago brokerage Crown Heights Realty and an agent who has worked with Trump Tower. "For a guy who's 23 and living a bachelor life, I can't imagine a better bachelor pad."
Security is the Trump Tower's top selling point, according to Glatz, setting it apart from other downtown luxury buildings. Rose seems to agree, explaining that he chose Trump because "no one bothers you there." (Somewhat more romantically, he also said that he "fell in love" with the building after staying in one of its hotel rooms for three weeks last summer.)
Rose said that he hopes to move in before the end of this season. He is waiting for furniture to arrive before he moves out of his current residence, in north suburban Northbrook.