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Derrick Rose says he did pitch LeBron last summer

Mar 2, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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I know, I know. We’re all trying to move on forget the Summer or LeBron ever happened, just like we’re trying to forget that night we broke out the bottle of Mescal. Best if it just isn’t discussed anymore.

But Derrick Rose wants to make it clear that he did, too, reach out to LeBron. There were reports this summer Rose didn’t really want LeBron to come to Chicago, but Rose told Sports Illustrated (via ESPNChicago) that is not true.

In a Sports Illustrated article out this week, Rose remembers the message reading: “I’m just hitting you up to kill all the rumors that I don’t want to play with you. I’d like to play with you. I just want to win.”

Of course, in the same article Rose’s own brother undercuts him.

“He always told me he didn’t want to be on one of those stacked teams,” Rose’s brother Reggie told the magazine. “He wanted to be with an underdog.”

Maybe Rose made his pitch but too late into the game. Whatever. It’s kind of moot now. We all need to just move on. But we’re letting Rose say he tried.

  1. thestudiokida - Mar 2, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Wade & Bosh forced James hand by committing to Miami. At that point James felt pressured into joining them. It definitely didn’t go down as LeBron had planned it. He thought he’d sign first and then try to recruit other stars to his city. Kudos to Wade for being the real leader in the free agency situation.

    I still don’t buy that LeBron would have fit in Chicago. Maybe defensively they’d be amazing, but on offense (at best) we’d have the same situation that Wade/James are having; learning to share the rock and trying to smooth out a disappointing offense.

  2. thestudiokida - Mar 2, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Team chemistry seems to be really important in all the recent developments around the NBA. Chicago has surprisingly good chemistry, Boston & LA Lakers are on another level while Miami has been disappointing. I imagined non-stop alley-oops and easy EASY baskets all day for the Heat but it hasn’t been anything like that. The only time Miami is even entertaining on offense is on fast breaks — which only happens when they are playing good defense. Maybe the years to come will see them gel, but it seems to me that Oklahoma City has a better chance to be the team of the decade than Miami due to great chemistry.

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