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Rose wants to do away with salary cap. Of course he does.

Oct 26, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

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Right now, Derrick Rose is an absolute steal for the Chicago Bulls. Thank you, rookie pay scale! The league’s MVP made $5.6 million last season, well below market value, and is due to make just a shade under $7 million next season. Then his rookie deal ends and he’ll get max money (whatever that is in the new system).

And like just about everyone making max money right now, Rose looks back at the pre-cap days and drools. Owners fought hard to institute a maximum salary in 1998 (the last lockout) because they saw what Shaquille O’Neal got, what Kevin Garnett got, and they freaked.

Of course, Rose likes money. Can’t blame him for that. And can’t blame him for wondering just how much he’d be worth on the open market. Which is what he told the Associated Press.

“I wish it was back like where it was in the old days where there wasn’t a cap,” Rose told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “Back in the day, they were giving guys coming out of college multimillion-dollar contracts, so why stop it now? The game is growing. There’s no need to stop it.”

The NFL would love to talk to you about how well paying big money to high draft picks out of college works.

Of course Rose likes the no max salary idea because he’d get paid upwards of $25 million a season. Then again, he’d have nobody else of quality on his team to go around him, because if you think the owners are getting rid of a salary cap all together you have not been watching the talks. Sure, there would be no Miami Heat in that scenario, the stars would be spread around, but would we see better basketball if we just had some stars surrounded by mediocre talent?

Or, maybe that just sounds all too familiar t Rose.

  1. darealrandolph - Oct 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Rose point is very valid

    • berto55 - Oct 26, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      Wow! Are you high? Seriously, the old back in the day logic? By that logic he should play for free. Back in the day Rose would have been a slave. Back in the day, they wouldn’t let him play pro basketball. Back in the day, they would call carry’s. Just because back in the day they did something doesn’t make it right/feasible/worth doing today. D Rose will do just fine with $14 million a year or whatever he ends up getting.

      • edmazeing1 - Oct 27, 2011 at 6:30 AM

        Shut the hell up!!!

  2. cosmicatomic - Oct 26, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    He also probably wants no cap so the Bulls can still get him help even though they gave Carlos Boozer a huge contract.

    • berto55 - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:20 PM

      Actually, if the amnesty thing gets through (Allen Houston exception) we can say good bye to Boozer probably. That would be awesome to get out from under that contract and I thought it was a good signing at the time. Talk about a square peg and a round hole….Bulls need a shooter than can also do something else, anything else (yeah I’m talking about you Korver).

  3. brooklynbulls - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Rose, coming from your biggest fan, please go back to being quiet. Its just not a good look right now.

  4. rdssc - Oct 26, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Lose 5 teams, the draft, and lose the cap. All the NBA problems go away.

    • goforthanddie - Oct 27, 2011 at 5:45 PM

      So do the fans.

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