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Derrick Rose’s brother rips Bulls for trade deadline inactivity

Feb 21, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

Derrick Rose AP

There are plenty of Bulls fans who over the years have been frustrated by the fact their team will not spend big to win like other large markets (think Lakers, Knicks).

Those fans were out talking on Wednesday when the Bulls did nothing at the trade deadline. We had them listed among our losers because they neither got better or got under the tax line, they just stood pat. The Bulls were linked to conversations with the Magic about J.J. Redick but reportedly were concerned they would have to re-sign the free agent sharpshooter next summer and that would send them over the luxury tax line. And this season will be the first time ever the Bulls have paid any tax. They didn’t want to add any salary short or long term.

So Bulls fans are frustrated. But when the venting, frustrated fan on Thursday was Derrick Rose’s brother and manager, people listen. Even if he said he was speaking for himself and not his brother. From ESPNChicago.com.

“What have you pieced together? Have you made any moves? Have you made any trades to get better? You know all roads to the championship lead through Miami,” Reggie Rose told ESPNChicago.com. “What pieces have you put together for the physical playoffs?

Joakim Noah is a great player. Luol Deng is a great player. But you need more than that. You have to put together pieces to your main piece. The players can only do so much. It’s up to the organization to make them better….

“It’s frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him,” Reggie Rose said.

You know somewhere Rose and his PR people just rolled their eyes.

And it should be noted that the Bulls are paying the tax this year for the first time in franchise history.

I get the frustration. But the Bulls have built a team to a system and they should at this point only be adding players that fit the system. They have multiple All-Stars — Noah, Deng and Carlos Boozer have been All-Stars. You don’t just make moves to make moves, that’s how you end up like Isiah Thomas’ Knicks. I would argue that Redick would be a good fit, but the question is what price the Magic were trying to exact from the Bulls for him?

Which is to say, there are a lot of things we don’t know. And I’m not sure this rant is on point or well played at all.

I’m not sure adding players right now for this playoff run is in the Bulls best interest. Adding next summer when Rose has a chance to really return to his own form and when the Bulls can make a real run at the Heat over the course of the season, which makes more sense. Not that the Bulls ownership is going to ad salary over the summer either. But one can dream.

  1. iowahbr - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Rose hasn’t done much to help the situation in chicago. He should not hurry his return but the silence from his camp has some Bulls fans worried. .the best gues is now that he will miss the whole year and given his style of play who know what percentage of the old D. Rose will return ths fall. given the Bulls style of play not sure there was much really available. Reddick is no NBA all defense team member.

  2. mrpowers88 - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    “… but reportedly were concerned they would have to re-sign the free agent sharpshooter next summer and that would send them over the luxury tax line.”

    If the Bulls didn’t “want” to extend him, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t “have” to extend him.

  3. minnesotablizzard - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Man have times changed. Remember when KG toiled in MN for 5/6ths of his career before finally going to the celtics and winning a ring?! The Rose camp is complaining already and this kid hasn’t even come close to paying his dues in the league. Pathetic.

    • money2long - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      that’s what a lot of athletes hate, when they are attributed for what their siblings say.

  4. herkulease - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Bulls have no attractive pieces to make trades. Noah and Deng are untouchable.

    No one is pounding on the door wanting Boozer and his bloated deal.

    • money2long - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      i think greg popovich could make boozer look like an all star if he ever made it to the spurs

  5. dangernearing - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    See i was worried family would interrupt this man’s career somehow. Hopefully he nips this in the bud early. Dont want family being your spokesperson was you already have a team.

  6. tigers182 - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Why is it when athletes relatives make comments, it become headline news? Oh no, Stefan Logan’s cousin on twitter said he didn’t like the Lions firing their WR coach. Front Page News!!!

  7. tmatic74 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    He speaks as if Rose is out there playing in pain.

  8. jameswestphal - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    I wish my irrelevant brother would publicly criticize my employers. That must be awesome.

  9. asublimeday - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Bulls have no attractive pieces to make trades. Noah and Deng are untouchable.

    No one is pounding on the door wanting Boozer and his bloated deal.
    ——-
    “Deng and Noah are untouchable”

    Please, add logic to this incredibly ignorant statement.

  10. sportsnut101 - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Hey dude just enjoy the free tickets your brother gets u. Aightttt

    Bulls are capped out that’s why genius Thank god he doesn’t have a job with team other then drive brother to practice

    Who wants boozer no1
    Who wants Noah no1 he has a foot injury. Have to be concern about
    Can’t trade deng he plays def he’s the teams best player not named rose

    Coach doesn’t wanna play butler till he leaves in free agency
    N Gibson has been awful other then a few monster dunks. They coulda kept osik n let Gibson go or trade him. Now they stuck with him.

  11. saintlaron - Feb 22, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Bulls got scraped tonight by the Heat. You know somewhere Rose and his PR people just rolled their eyes.

  12. fruitcovejag - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Is Reggie his 18 year old loud-mouthed little brother? Be quiet and enjoy your soft life D-Rose has worked hard to provide.

  13. 24thesho - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Yo, lil’ bro….., just SHUT THE F&^% UP!

    All NBA b-ballers family members should never be allowed to ever be seen or speak in public, whatever their background.

  14. wearewhowethoughtwewere - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    there’s one important fact to remember …Reggie Rose is not only his brother but his AGENT
    so yes he does speak for D

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