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Derrick Rose reportedly worried that Bulls will choose rebuilding over championship contention

Dec 14, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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Entering this season, the Bulls were mentioned in the same conversation with the Pacers and the defending champion Heat as legitimate title contenders in the East.

The season-ending injury to Derrick Rose obviously and immediately changed that perception.

Rose wants the team to stay intact with the talent it has in guys like Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, and Carlos Boozer, in order to be able to make a run once he’s healthy enough to return next season. But he knows that the existence of multiple variables might make that difficult, and Rose fears that when he is able to come back, he may be stuck returning to be a part of a rebuilding situation.

From Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News:

Rose has told several confidantes that he is worried that the Bulls will start to let the team hit the skids by allowing key players to leave via free agency, forcing him to go through a rebuilding program that he wants no part of.

“Derrick is worried that the Bulls are going to lose what they have,” said a league source. “He doesn’t want to go through rebuilding.”

Rose’s concern is a legitimate one.

Deng, for instance, is a long shot to be back considering that the Bulls weren’t interested in talking extension with the two-time All-Star who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. The team has said it hopes to re-sign him, but Deng will undoubtedly receive higher-dollar offers elsewhere.

Boozer has his faults, but has been a solid offensive performer for this Bulls team on a somewhat consistent basis. His contract may not be that desirable, but it expires following next season — and that’s if Chicago doesn’t choose to use the amnesty provision to rid themselves of Boozer’s contract (at least for a salary cap perspective) before then.

There’s uncertainty in the Bulls’ future, and Rose has a right to be unsettled. But the only thing he can do is once again focus on his rehab, and prepare himself as much as possible to return next season. The rest of it he has no say in, and will ultimately take care of itself.

  1. balfe13 - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Maybe he should try to play 20 games in a season before he starts worrying about championship contention.

    • aptt15 - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      You mean other than his first 4 years?

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        no, how about the last three years, they disappear.
        put this guy in a glass case, he is fragile.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Just like they did when Jordan broke his foot in 1985. He alleged the same thing, which is why he came back as soon as he did, just soon enough to push the Bulls into the 8th seed that year vs. Boston.

  3. balfe13 - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Yes, since he’s making these comments (through the media) now, as opposed to four years ago.

  4. edavidberg - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Who cares? The guy should be worrying about staying healthy.

  5. rodge1 - Dec 15, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Has there even been a guy who plays less demand more?

    • philtration - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Has there ever been a web site where people talk more and know less?

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM


    • fanofevilempire - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      he plays so good in the addidas shoe commercials.

  6. meatcarroll - Dec 15, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    Derrick Poser.

  7. davidly - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    It seems the peanut gallery here thinks that Rose is malingering or something. You think he doesn’t want to be playing? Seriously? Oh, no, wait, I get it: he should keep his mouth shut, right?

    People who comment on sports forums with “Who cares?” and suggestions as to how someone else should conduct their lives speaks volumes about only the person speaking–just as Rose’s professed desire speaks volumes about him.

    But the point is–if they are planning on dismantling to rebuild with Rose still as the centerpiece, then his concern is absolutely legit and he should feel free to express it. Just as the concerns of the commenters on this forum are free to be expressed. But I’d say, in this case, the proportional serious attention paid to the former over the latter is more than reasonable.

    • dexterismyhero - Dec 15, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      The peanut gallery is in Chicago. Go take your SAT.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Peanut Gallery = hateful pea brains

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      you are in denial, you are blaming the citizens of America because Rose is soft
      like charmine toilet paper and is playing more in TV commercials then actual games.
      time to forget the BULLS as a contender.

      • davidly - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Please. I couldn’t care less about the Bulls as a contender. I just think it’s borderline mentally challenged to come on to an online sports forum to tell D. Rose to shut up and heal thyself.

      • davidly - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Interesting that you equate “the citizens of America” with a peanut gallery, though. You might be right.

  8. chicagocane - Dec 15, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Roses view on what a championship core looks like sure is skewed. I think the Bulls can manage to replace Deng and Boozer “somehow”….tell Rose to just grab Joakim and never let go!

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Rose will get Noah injured too, he is a blight!

  9. rodge1 - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM


    If he’s not going to recruit and help the team or help the team by playing he should shut up and rehab for another 2 years.

    • davidly - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      If you really feel that way–and considering that he’s not shutting up and doesn’t recruit–wouldn’t they be better off trading Rose, rather than holding on while pretending to wanna move on?

  10. rodge1 - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:33 AM


    Yes, they are better off trading away a malcontent that complains and plays less than Gilbert Arenas.

  11. paulrinn - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    I’m a die hard Bulls fan, but I don’t see Rose as a “can’t trade” commodity anymore. Last 3 years he’s made $40M for playing 50 games. That’s almost a mil a game. And did you see him this year? After an extra 9 months of rehab and practice? He was a shell of himself. Does another knee surgery make him any better?

  12. deadman3020 - Dec 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Rebuilding ?? Gibson can replace boozer deng would hurt but losing one guy isn’t rebuilding.

  13. shanelsweet - Dec 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Let the trade rumors begin! How about if they trade the injured Rose for somebody who could actually help Deng, Boozer, Noah and the boys win this year. You know, one of those teams with one or two pretty good players with big contracts who are already hoping to get better next year or the year after.

    • beach305 - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Carmelo would be interesting on this bulls team.

  14. tmdill18 - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    He’s the RGme of basketball. Hey Derrick – this may come as a shock to you – but the world does not revolve around you.

  15. ProBasketballPundit - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Sorry, Derrick, but you’re the one who signed a $95 million contract and you’re the one who missed three straight post seasons.

    The Bulls picked contention and you let them down. Now they have no choice but to rebuild.

    • redbaronx - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      @ProBasketballPundit – Rose “let them down”? Seriously??? Players get injured all the time. It’s not letting your team down when you get injured. You think Kobe is letting his team down? How about Yao Ming ending his career with his injuries? That type of comment you made is just stupid! Injuries are not a “choice”. They happen!

  16. xli2006 - Dec 15, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Hmm, that’s ironic because the Bulls are worried Rose’s knees are ultra fragile and he will be a shell of his self after 2 major knee operations and nearly 2.5 years between extended periods of game speed ball.

  17. 00maltliquor - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Hot damn y’all dudes is ROUGH on poor Derrick man! Sheeeesh!

    It’s not like he asked to get injured, I bet this last time he got injured a bit of his soul died. That kid loves basketball and playing and competing. Y’all burning him up like he was Eddy Curry or something!

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