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Chicago columnist hammers Derrick Rose as no longer humble star

Dec 19, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

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Derrick Rose is loyal. Don’t believe me? Remember when he said he wanted to roll with with Keith Bogans as his two guard rather than recruit other guys to shake up the roster? It’s just who he is.

Then came the report out of the New York Daily News (not a local source) that Rose was concerned that the Bulls would choose to rebuild rather than load up for title contention. He’s also a very competitive guy.

Dan Bernstein of CBSChicago put those two things together with the second consecutive season of Rose suffering a major knee injury and decided Rose is no longer a humble homegrown star — then ripped him for it.

What does he think they have, and where does he think it’s going? Most importantly, what does he not understand about the primary reason for the Bulls’ current plight? It takes some nerve to call out his employers after they have paid him 30% of their salary cap to miss consecutive seasons.

This is typical behavior from a player who has always done only what is in his personal best interest, everybody else be damned. He’ll take every last dollar, and enjoy all the team-supplied resources for medical consultations, surgeries, rehabilitation programs and various therapists, only to ignore their professional opinions just because he feels like it. And don’t bother asking him for even token assistance in welcoming potential free agents either, because he doesn’t want to.

At this moment, John Paxson and Gar Forman are trying to win an NBA championship more in spite of Derrick Rose than because of him.

It goes on. It’s just ridiculous — you think Rose wants to be injured? It’s a column that sounds of frustration — but it strikes a chord with some Bulls fans. There is a lot of frustration with Rose right now, fans thought they had a potential contender to cheer this season and that blew up along with his knee. He’s been out a long time.

Still, I find that attitude just out of touch with reality or just understanding the players involved.

First and foremost, Rose doesn’t get to decide what happens with the team — but he has a right to be concerned. The same way those fans do. The Bulls are not the most free spending of franchises. Bulls fans are going to tell me they are not concerned the front office could screw this up?

That said the Bulls are going to stick with what could be the core of a contender — Rose, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler.

That list doesn’t include Luol Deng — he could leave this summer as a free agent. Rose’s loyalty instincts want the Bulls to pay whatever to keep him. The reality is they may move him to get some other long-term pieces, or just let him walk to free up cap space. Which is the same reason Carlos Boozer could be amnestied — make some space to go get another star.

That’s not Utah Jazz-style rebuild, what Chicago plans is a retooling. Guys potentially coming on the market in the coming years — Pau Gasol, Zach Randolph, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge — might be better fits, the kind of guys that make the Bulls contenders.

But right now there is just frustration and disappointment in Chicago. Which leads to some ridiculous finger pointing sometimes.

  1. jbeagles23 - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    The point I agree with is he is taking the teams money. Using their world class facilities and doctors and not usin the doctors advice. Chicago is never getting the 2011 rose back but they’ll still be paying him for tht one great year

  2. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Kurt- Some quick background on this one- if you care. You correctly surmised that the column was penned by a fan of the team (also a radio host). There is a sizable and vocal segment of Bulls fans that still harbor resentment towards Rose for not playing last year. Rubio and Shumpert suffered nearly identical injuries and came back much sooner. Rose was medically cleared last February. Speculation that he was able but unwilling to play was fueled by Reggie Rose (Derricks brother/manager) who told ESPN in so many words that Derrick would be more likely to play if the Bulls made some moves at the trade deadline last year. Derrick also dismissed the advice of team doctors and skipped out on the last part of his rehab process. Add that to the #Return commercials and a lot of cheap talk from DRose this preseason- and you can maybe understand why his ignorant comments about re-tooling are being greeted coolly, at best.

    The Bulls are awful- and have no choice but to re-build this roster. They will look to bring Mirotic over this summer, amnesty Boozer, trade or let Deng walk- and use their own pick (which will be a lottery pick- their offense is brutal- I don’t think MVP level Rose was going to get this team out of the Eastern Conference)) and possibly the pick belonging to the Bobcats (top 10 protected) to re-tool around Rose- and hope he can be anything like his once upon a time MVP self.

    As an aside, the Bulls spent tons of cash during the Jordan era- his last few years Jordan was making $25mm per annum by himself. Reinsdorf will pay for a winner- but the trash they are rolling out on the floor is nothing near a winner.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      To be clear, the Bulls have only paid the luxury tax one year, compare that to free spending teams.

      And I am familiar with Reggie and all of it. We can just disagree on how we think Bulls should react to it.

      • jmgatskiejr - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        I have run into variations on this debate from Bryce Harper to Chris Perez to Dez Bryant amd Josh Cribbs and there are so many variables in play today with social media, free agency, incentive laden contracts that things players would never have said or done 20 years ago or what I guess you could term the locker room.ethos has changed.

  3. rodge1 - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:40 PM


    Don’t even bother trying to reason svupper. Anyone that uses her logic doesn’t know about the real working world. She’s probably a lonely housewife that learns about life from other people talking. Bless her heart

    • myhawks1976 - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:03 AM


      Lol the lonely housewife part!

  4. dabceb - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    When you have a team with Mike James making the 2013 roster, Rose has to be concerned about their direction. Mike James……

  5. paulrinn - Dec 20, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    All these conversations about Rose, for what? When are we ever gonna see him play again? Next year? Maybe? Anyone who thinks 2014 D Rose will be as good as 2010 D. Rose is tripping. Gilbert Arenas #2

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Been saying it since 2011 when Rose was Americas Sweetheart and LeBron was public enemy number 1. A few years if unmet expectations, and Rose will be public enemy #1, and after a couple rings LBJ will be Americas Sweetheart.

    and next up is Kevin Durant, especially if he moves on to a big market.

  7. rickditka - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    For the money Rose is paid, he could take some time to learn to speak English more fluently. He’s a terrible interview. Mumbling idiot.

    • muhangis - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:43 AM

      shut up man, so he’s a person with a speech impediment, ppl like you need to be taken off the streets of society. Also, learn what’s more important in life!

  8. doctordunkenstein - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Just cuz the guy is too dumb to be able to put a sentence together doesn’t mean he’s humble…I guess he’s so humble he let someone else take his SAT’s for him!!

  9. brentsn - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Everybody is always the expert of another person’s life w/o walking in their shoes. I especially love how couch flowers compare injuries between other athletes. We watch games for 2 & 1/2 hours on the boob tube or from the nose bleeds section at the stadium, we see some comments on the internet in between games and we know all about these athletes lives, thoughts,abilities and careers enough to know what they should be thinking and what they should do with their lives. Couch flowers are hilarious. D.Rose is a professional. I don’t think he’s looking for our imput. We are the ones that go to work and collect our paycheck (if we’re lucky enough to have a job) every week. I would hope that superstars care enough about their teams to put in their 2 cents. If D.Rose just played (when healthy), collected his paycheck and didn’t care about winning or making the franchise better, I would have less respect for him. I don’t live with him , hang with him or follow him around the locker room , so I’m not knowledgeable or informative enough to act like I need to be commenting on D.Rose. He’s old enough to live his own life and I respect his decisions. I’m a Bulls fan second to the Pacers. I was thrilled last night when Danny Granger played his first game of the year after playing in 5 games last year !! I never questioned him,I was patient and now I’m excited he’s back. My Pacers have an outstanding team even without Granger ,so I would think D.Rose should be very concerned about his team.

  10. footballace - Dec 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    The only thing I have negative to say about Rose is the commercial he made about all the money he makes. You cannot make a commercial like that when you are coming off an injury that you maybe could have played through in last years playoffs.

    What has Derrick Rose actually done in the league? Sure he won a MVP, but in the playoffs what has he done? How many Finals have the Bulls played in? To me, the playoffs is where legends show what they are made of, not in the regular season.

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