Picturing the Chicago Bulls as “Game of Thrones” characters

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Derrick Rose — Jaime Lannister

It has been a long time since Derrick Rose was officially a Chicago Bull, but Chicago seems to be intrinsically infatuated with Rose the same way Jaime is repeatedly drawn back to his sister Cersei.

‘The Golden Lion’ and ‘The Windy City Assassin’ share an eerily similar story. Rose followed in the footsteps of the greatest basketball player of all time; Jaime was knighted by the greatest swordsman to ever live. Rose was the youngest MVP in league history; Jaime was the youngest person ever to be named to the Kingsguard.

Yet for all their early accolades and success, they never accounted for their own tragic downfalls. Rose was meant to help carry the Bulls back to the NBA Finals, while Jaime was intended to be the heir to Casterly Rock. Until it all came crashing down due to freak injuries, of course.

No amount of natural talent and prowess could have prepared the pair for the trials and tribulations they would soon face. Rose struggled with depression after his repeated knee injuries and even considered retirement. Jaime was forced to grovel as an imprisoned amputee.

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Overcoming life’s greatest obstacles will change a man for the better. Both Rose and Jaime appear to have a healthier and brighter outlook on life. While neither are the warrior they once were, they could still have an important role in the wars to come.