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Derrick Rose told Carmelo Anthony that if he came to Chicago “the game would be easy”

Jul 29, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

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LAS VEGAS — Derrick Rose is not the guy who is going to call up a free agent every day and recruit him. He has the back of the guys in his locker room — he wants someone to choose to join them, to choose to come into that locker room, not to have to be dragged.

But that doesn’t mean Rose didn’t want Carmelo Anthony to come to Chicago.

In Las Vegas with Team USA, Rose talked about his message to Anthony when the two spoke.

“That if he was to come, that the game would be easy,’’ Rose said. “I don’t know how easy but of course it would be easy. And that we wanted him. Just plain and simple, we wanted him to come. He decided to go somewhere else. But it’s no hard feelings. I can’t get mad at the decision he made. He’s a grown man.’’

Rose said he was disappointed that Anthony chose to stay in New York, but he also understood — this isn’t just about what happens on the court.

“If you put yourself in that decision, that’s a hard decision,” Rose said. “You got your family to think about. You got money to think about. Not to say you should think about money. But when you’re talking about millions and millions of dollars, you can’t just put that behind you. So I’m not mad with the decision that he made and I wish him nothing but the best.’’

Chicago did okay for itself this summer, adding Pau Gasol to the front line. If Rose is back to himself — and he looked good, with a more mature game, at least at the first day of Team USA training camp — then the Bulls can compete with anyone in the East. They have their identity and know how to play their system, there is no big learning curve.

But Carmelo Anthony would have brought another dimension to that system on offense.

  1. fballlvr22 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    But Melo’s move was strictly for winning right? not the 5 year, 128 mil…

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      haha well said. It’s clear Melo cares about other things more then basketball.

      No shame in that but when he pretends he doesn’t, he deserves to be criticized.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        But the Knicks have Phil Jackson… the ultimate ring winner… the Bulls don’t have anyone who knows how to win a title – except maybe Pau Gasol??? Ha. Thibs was only an as.sistant on a championship team, like Mike Brown.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        You just compared a GM to a coach. Last time I checked Thibs has more experience then Derek Fisher.

        Phil also has zero experience being a GM. So your whole point about “proven winners” is meaningless.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Thibs doesn’t have more championship experience than Derek Fisher.

        Fisher and Jackson have rings oozing out of their pores.

        The Bulls… well, let’s face it… they need Phil Jackson, but he’s in New York.

      • blogsk3tball - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        Anti, i’ve been on this site for 3 days and i can tell already… you’re a crackhead

    • themars211 - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Why shouldn’t it be about the money? It is a business first. Sports is the only field that someone can be one of the best in there respective field and the public expects them to make major financial sacrifices that any other reasonable person would laugh at if presented to them.

      • themars211 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        I guess most of you guys are willing to take 40% less of your earning potential? Right. LMAO

    • arrondior - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Yeah, as soon as I saw his decision I told a buddy, “Well, he clearly isn’t interested in a ring.” His decision to stay in New York made him the modern day Ewing. His prime years will be spent carrying a team to 1st round exits from the play-offs.

  2. tampajoey - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Melo wisely took the money instead of playing with Rose’s bad knees and no heart. Is Derrick Rose “mentally” ready to play this season or does he need another year off?

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Melo took the fat contract and rebuilding project over less money and requirement to play defense in meaningful games.

      • chicitybulls - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Exactly Magic.

      • themars211 - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        Why is everybody acting like they would take 50 million less? GTFOH!!

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Yes, because torn ACLs and torn meniscuses can just be played through.

    • chicitybulls - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Welp, I guess you can see how dumb your comments are…..tampa/ohio.

      • tampajoey - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        I’ve also lived in Denver, Phoenix, Japan and Australia. So technically it would be tampa/phoenix/japan/australia/denver/ohio for those of you stalking me.

      • chicitybulls - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:24 PM

        Glad to see you’re in tune with your schizophrenia. You made dumb comments and got called out for it. Man up and accept it.

      • tampajoey - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        Stop your crying. You’re just mad because the Bulls won’t finish in the top 5 in the east.

      • chicitybulls - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        Hahaha. You dont even believe that yourself.

  3. seasickcecil - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    And Melo replied $$$$$$$$$$$$.

    • philtration - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      No…. Melo replied “My wife said no”

  4. 2016olympics - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Melo played in 77 games for Knicks last year and led his team to a 37-45 record and 9th place in the East. Think about that for a second….9th in the EAST.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      At least they weren’t 10th.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Agreed. 9th place is worth 128 million.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      And that was after a huge run at the end of the year.

    • cruzan80 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM


      Kevin Love also played in 77 games last season & his team didn’t make the playoffs either.

      Think about that for a second….6 years in the league….NEVER made the playoffs….EVER.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Good point cruzan80. Love is not a winner, neither is Melo. So how have they addressed that?

        Love has a max offer waiting for him but says he cares about winning. So what is he doing? Forcing a trade to a winning team.

        Melo had a max offer waiting for him and said he cared about winning. What did he do? Signed a max deal with a garbage team.

      • paleihe - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        If Minnesota played in the East, they would have made the playoffs last year. Plus, since Minny is in the West, they played against tougher competition their entire season.

        Minny was 40-42 last year.
        Atlanta was 38-44 (8th seed in East).

      • cruzan80 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:08 PM


        “Love is not a winner, neither is Melo”

        Theres a HUGE difference there buddy….

        Melo took the Denver Nuggets into the playoffs for 7 consecutive years in a tougher version of the Western Conference that Love currently plays in. Then in his 1st full season as a Knick he lead them to 54 wins & out of the 1st round of the playoffs for the first time in over a decade.

        It took Melo 10 years, Andrea Bargnani, over 50 missed game between Chandler, Felton, Shumpert & Smith & for him to miss the playoffs (by one game) for the first time in his entire career….EVER.

        Love’s stats are amazing…that’s pretty much it. His own teammates (Rubio) called him out on being a poor leader & we all know that despite all his amazing stats he still hasn’t been able to carry a team into the post season…EVER. Yet nobody has a problem with Cleveland or Chicago trying to gut their teams to sign him.


      • zoomy123 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        The premise of the comparison is fallacious. Individual players don’t make the playoffs, teams do. If your team sucks, then you don’t make the playoffs. That’s all there is to it. Not making the playoffs doesn’t mean you’re not a winner, it just means your team isn’t good enough. Plus, K-Love didn’t even start his first two years in the NBA and in 2013 he broke his hand and only played 18 games.

      • cruzan80 - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM


        I agree 100%.

        My initial response was at the “Melo played in 77 games for Knicks last year and led his team to a 37-45 record and 9th place in the East. Think about that for a second….9th in the EAST.” comment.

        TEAMS make the playoffs.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    The game tends to be “easy” from the bench.

  6. doctorfootball - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    The game would be easier but the checking account would be lighter. Melo weighed winning against $$$

    • antistratfordian - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      I don’t know… can’t say that sticking with Phil Jackson runs counter to winning.

      • chicitybulls - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        “can’t say that sticking with Phil Jackson as a coach runs counter to winning.”

        There. Fixed it for you.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        Coach or not, doesn’t matter. It’s all about the wisdom in the noggin. It’s just basketball.

        In any case, coach Fisher and coach Thibs have the same amount of championship head coach experience.

        But, in Fisher’s case, he has the ultimate ring winner as a very close advisor/supervisor and mentor.

        Who does Thibs turn to in Chicago? He probably calls Doc Rivers or JVG. Fisher has the Jedi Master right down the hall.

      • chicitybulls - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        You dont turn down the hall or call anybody. You look within or speak to your coaching staff. Do you really believe Doc is going to give a rival tips? Or JVG, who’s brother Thibs will be directly competing with, is going to give him tips? And who did Phil have to turn to in Chicago? There were no championship players/coaches/gms/president of basketball operations for him to turn to then. Eric Spolstra has rings. Do you really believe he’s a better coach than Thibs? Really?

  7. ecnuob51 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    I get the whole melo for the money thing. But you never know maybe the Knicks end up making the right moves next year. Players like Lebron get criticized for joining other star players….even though melo to the bulls would’ve been SWEET I applaud him for giving Phil a chance and sticking with his home team when players are jumping all over the place. Yes I get the money but you have to understand it’s not a 10 or 15 mil difference. It’s 60-70mil with the bulls or 130mil with the Knicks. Put that in normal people terms. You would leave a $120,000 a year job for a $60,000 a year job??

  8. antistratfordian - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    LeBron got killed when he said the same thing about the Heatles in 2010. Ain’t nothin’ easy bout winnin’ rangs tho.

  9. polkhigh4life - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    How many championship teams has Phil built moron????…the goose egg, your I.Q., zip, zilch, the big bagel….comparing Fisher to Thibs… Actually using more than one post to defend yourself.. Get Help QUICKLY!!!!

  10. themars211 - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Sports for the player is a business first. For a fan its about winning. I’m not saying players don’t care about winning as most of them do but sacrificing $50 million for the chance to (not guaranteed) win a ring is dumb and nobody you know would do it.

  11. namaths5thofwhiskey - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    He didn’t go somewhere else Rose. That would mean he was never on the Knicks.

  12. bringin1234 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    why is it every time I read anti’s posts I get the feeling he throws darts at Bulls posters and kisses his Lebron poster before bed while cuddling his LeBron teddy bear wearing his LeBron pajamas

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