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Derrick Rose tries to distance himself from brother’s comments

Feb 22, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

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Derrick Rose’s brother’s comments was fuel for a conspiracy theory in Chicago — some people think he hasn’t returned to the Bulls lineup yet not because he isn’t physically ready but because he doesn’t want to risk his career for what he sees as inferior lineup.

The first spark was Rose himself saying he didn’t want to come back until he was “110 percent.” Then yesterday Reggie Rose, Derrick’s brother and manager, said, “It’s frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him.”

Derrick Rose himself wants no part of this talk. Rose released this statement:

“I have always felt that the Bulls organization’s goals have been the same as mine and that is to bring another championship to this city.”

Rose is back in practice, going full out, taking contact and playing in five-on-five full court scrimmages.

But Tom Thibodeau said Thursday that was not enough for Rose to just jump back on the court. From the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson.

For the record, even Reggie Rose has said there is no way Rose will sit out this entire season. But Rose and the Bulls should be cautious here because it’s not really about games in February, or frankly even these coming playoffs. It’s about the next three years. It’s about his career as a Bull. It’s about the big picture and you to risk that rushing back for some regular season games.

  1. lmoneyfresh - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Reggie’s comments confirm one thing. He’s an ass. 90% of teams/fans/FOs would kill to have the Bulls’ roster. This isn’t some hack team that refuses to bring in quality players for Rose, they build their teams a certain way and have for along time. If Reggie things this FO is all of a sudden going to go against their philosophy he’s in for a surprise.

    And besides did Reggie want them to make a move this season, to further enter the luxury tax, for a season that he might not even play? Can’t have it both ways. They’re obviously prepping for a big run 1-2 years from now when they can clear some cap space and have done a hell of a job filling out this roster on a shoestring budget in all honesty.

  2. dls612 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Business and family don’t mix!

  3. money2long - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    speaking of brothers, what will the suns do for jerseys as far as the morris twins’ names on the back? i wonder if some teams will have a defender who gets confused and thinks that he is guarding makieff when it’s really marcus , and marcus ends up putting the ball on the floor, crossing over and dunks.

    • digitalpoo - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Its’s not as if they’re identical twins.

      • money2long - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        what’s that supposed to mean digital poo

    • jimmygrahamchrisivory - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      They’ll either fit their entire names on their jerseys and accomodate the size of the letters accordingly or they’ll abbreviate it as Mark. Morris/Marc. Morris

    • albertmn - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      I don’t know if you are aware of this, money2long, but the NBA now puts numbers on the front and back of the jerseys. It doesn’t matter what name is on the back.

      • badintent - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        Nice ! Funny. He’s still won’t understand. LOL

      • money2long - Feb 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        is the numbers thing a point being made to a defender getting confused y which twin he is guarding or the same name thing? becuz if that jab of yours was making a point to a defender getting confused as to whom he is guarding, a player has lapses and will not always tell themselves in the heat of the moment, ok this is number so n so, there could be lapses just like in regular pickup games where two guys are wearing gear that looks similar and you happen to pass the ball to the wrong guy. even though they arent wearing the same exact thing, it’s close enough to where you wont notice their numbers in that play. or whatever.

        if your jab was making a point to the name thing, it still doesn’t answer what they will do as far as how to write the names on the jersey. i asked because usually if guys have the same last names , teams take the first initial of each player which is usually different and put it next to the similar last names to distinguish. but the morris twins have the same initials all together. jimmygrahamchrisivory gave a good idea. you just berated to sound funny and get thumbs up to entertain strangers..maybe they will just be fine with having different numbers to distinguish but still my inquisition as to how they would distinguish the names on the jersey still stands.

      • albertmn - Feb 24, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        money – If your point is that two guys wearing similar clothes in a pickup game can confuse you, what will you do when every player on the other team has the same uniform? You are defeating your own point. Players look at the number. By your definition, every player in the league is going to know and recognize every other player by how their face looks. That isn’t reality. Players have numbers for a reason. A pickup game is the only place you will be looking at the other player’s face, but only BECAUSE they don’t have numbers. If they were to wear similar numbers, say 23 and 32, and some guy on the other team was dyslexic, then MAYBE you could claim there might be a mixup.

        As far as how they list the name on the back. I don’t care. Plenty of teams in various sports have run into similar situations in the past. They have used initials, partial names, full names (Jack & Jim Youngblood with the LA Rams) etc. They will do whatever they need to do.

  4. dadawg77 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    DRose didn’t really separate himself from his brothers comments. His brother says management isn’t doing a good job. DRose says our goals are the same. So either his brother is saying what DRose is thinking but giving Derrick plausible deniability. Or DRose didn’t want to call out his brother. Not sure which, hell even both can be correct, but truth is the Bulls front office didn’t get the job done at the trade deadline.

    • lmoneyfresh - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Tell me what trade did they pass up that puts this team over the top? The 2 biggest names out there were Smith and Reddick. Neither of those players puts the Bulls in much better of a position.

    • chicitybulls - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Of course he wouldn’t call out his brother. That’s family. That’s blood. However that doesnt mean what his brother said isn’t dumb. What moves do you think the front office should have made. There was really none to be made. You’re not giving up Deng, Noah or Gibson and no body wanted anybody else. Boozer is the next asset but nobody wants that contract. So what exactly deal was there to make? Who are you bringing in? It’s so dumb when people say what moves should have been made but dont say what that move is. I’m not talking about Reggie because he can’t really call out and advocate for a specfic player to be moved out as that would have made this situation even worse. I’m talking about people like you that comment on these things. Understand the tax implications and how that could hinder a team from making moves in the future. This aint NBA2K12. Why do you think there wasn’t many trades yesterday at all?

  5. charlescub80 - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I think Charles Barkley said it best. Shut the hell up!

    • missuaaliyah - Feb 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Lol!! You made me choke on my lunch, but that sums it up in a nutshell! He needs to stay out of business that doesnt concern him!! Living that cushy life on account of his brother!! Mr. Manager..lol!!

  6. rodge1 - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    They’re too many guys that like to dance on the Bulls’ current roster.

  7. zblott - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Imagine a world where star players who are in contracts for over $100million (with their teams, shoes, whoever) don’t complain about their surrounding talent and actually do something to raise the play of those around them. The list of current players who fit that description is Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, and that’s it.

    • gpatrick15 - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      You couldn’t be any more wrong. I like CP3, but lets not forget how he quietly forced his way out of NO. Great player, yes, and he does elevate the play of his teammates, but there are players like that on plenty of teams, whether they complain about it or not. Lebron, Durant, Rose, Chris Paul, Duncan/Ginobili/Parker, Harden, etc. The list goes on and on. Just because some people have a tendency to complain off the court doesn’t mean they don’t raise the level of play around them simply by just being there. Plus, ROSE HASN’T COMPLAINED. Just because his brother spoke ill of the team doesn’t mean that that’s Derrick’s logic too.

  8. dadawg77 - Feb 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Paul didn’t complain in NO? Duncan its lucky in the fact he has always had all stars and hall of famers around him. So nothing to complain about

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