Derrick Rose Made A Rookie Sleep On The Floor Of A Hotel Room Rose Feared Was Haunted

Bryan Brandom
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Derrick Rose is famously not the NBA’s brightest bulb. Before he went pro or played college ball, the point guard failed his ACT three times then finally “passed” the SAT—in a test that, it was later revealed, someone else had taken for him to help get him to John Calipari and the Memphis Tigers.

He thought he’d be getting a max contract this offseason before settling for a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then of course there’s last year’s “super team” claim about the New York Knicks.

Kevin Durant added to the lore of Rose’s dimness last week when the Golden State Warriors star recalled a story he’d heard about Rose from the point guard’s second season with the Chicago Bulls. It involves the allegedly haunted Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City, where many teams stay when they’re in town to play the Thunder.

“I heard D-Rose, when they came his second year in the league, he made a rookie a rookie sleep on his floor, because, the year before, he said he felt somebody touch him or something like that. That’s what I heard,” Durant told the Bill Simmons Podcast during the same interview in which he confirmed his, uh, intense desire to help Scarlett Johansson dispose of her hygienic waste.

“So, the next year he made—I think it was James Johnson, it might have been—sleep on his floor. … I heard that story. I don’t know if it’s true or not.”

According to the alleged floor sleeper himself, it’s pretty close to the truth. Johnson actually shared his version of this story on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz back in February.

At least Rose, now with the Cleveland Cavaliers, isn’t the only NBA player to have been deeply affected by the supposedly haunted Skirvin Hilton Hotel. Last Halloween, Metta World Peace claimed he’d been molested by a ghost during a stay at the Skirvin. Earlier in 2016, Kyrie Irving missed a game after a run-in with another invisible threat at the OKC hotel: bed bugs.

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