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Bulls owner predicts four championships for Derrick Rose

Mar 9, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

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No pressure Derrick.

It’s just that the owner of the Bulls Jerry Reinsdorf — who paragraphs before admitted he thought they might win one title with Michael Jordan back in the day — told the Chicago Sun Times you could win four.

‘‘If you don’t see something special in Derrick Rose, then you’re blind,’’ Reinsdorf said. ‘‘We have an outstanding coach, an outstanding bunch of players, the team is deep, and if we stay healthy, we have an awfully good chance of winning at least four championships.’’

Rose is a special talent. The kind of guy you build a franchise around. And the Bulls have done a good job of that with Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and a host of quality role players. Just need somebody at the two.

But four titles? So, Kobe Bryant/Tim Duncan of the last decade levels? It’s good to have lofty goals and another to publically pressure a young player 22-year-old with said goals. Maybe you meant to sound confident, but it comes off as a prediction. Ron Powlus would like to have a word with you.

  1. purdueman - Mar 9, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Consider the landscape of the current top NBA teams (in no particular order):
    Lakers – Aging team with too many players on the wrong side of 30;
    Celtics – Aging team with too many players on the wrong side of 30;
    Spurs – 2 best players, Ginobili and Duncan, both on the wrong side of 35;
    Miami – La Bum, no point guard and a coach too young to shave;
    Orlando – Rumors persist that franchise player Howard has one foot already out the door;
    Bulls – Solid core mostly young nucleus;
    Thunder – Solid core mostly young nucleus;
    Mavericks – Franchise player Nowitski will be 34 next season.
    ***** Predictions: Lakers will try to reload with their target being Griffin down the road. Celtics will just disappear into irrelevance again. Spurs will remain good, but not championship caliber. Miami will continue to self-implode. Orlando will continue to be stuck in Miami’s long shadow. Mavericks owner Cuban will try to reload, but future uncertain. That leaves the Bulls and Thunder as the heir apparent powers in their respective divisions IMHO.

  2. chitownmatt - Mar 9, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Kurt,
    Lighten up.
    Reinsdorf said those things as a excited fan, not as an owner, or a coach, or a gm.
    JR is a baseball man and has turned almost all control of the Bulls over to his son and it was one of the best things he has ever done for the team. However he still loves Chicago and wants to see the Bulls win more than anything…. except maybe another WS for the WS.

    f you asked mayor Daley he would probably would predict that DR and the Bulls will win 15 titles.

  3. stinkfingers - Mar 9, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Maybe you ought to get 1 before you start talkin about #4.

    Just a thought.

    • purdueman - Mar 9, 2011 at 6:14 PM

      Ummm… how many rings do La Bum James and cry-baby Chris Bosh got combined? Ummm…. ya, that would be exactly ZERO!

      • stinkfingers - Mar 10, 2011 at 2:50 PM

        So what? Screw the Heat.

  4. pudgalvin - Mar 9, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Derrick Rose may not have ring yet, but Reinsdorf has had some success in the basketball realm.

    • philtration - Mar 9, 2011 at 9:47 PM

      True. Since buying the Bulls and the White Sox his teams have won 7 championships.
      How many other owners can say that?

  5. liltmac2003 - Mar 10, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    I’m sorry, where does Reinsdorf say Derrick Rose will win 4 championships? Because all I see is that he is saying the Bulls have a chance to win 4 titles.

    I’m starting to get this feeling the Helin is a Bulls hater.

    • chitownmatt - Mar 10, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      “I’m starting to get this feeling the Helin is a Bulls hater.”

      Secretly, most Laker fans are… lol

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