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Bulls owner issues statement refuting rift between Bulls front office, Derrick Rose

Aug 1, 2014, 1:35 AM EDT

“Nothing to see here. Move along.”

Okay, that’s not a direct quote from Chicago Bulls owner/chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, but it’s pretty close to what he said in a statement refuting a Chicago Sun-Times report that there is tension between Derrick Rose (and his inner circle) and the Bulls front office. In that story Rose pretty much confirmed there have been issues, particularly regarding how they felt he could have done more to recruit Carmelo Anthony (and that he did put an effort into recruiting Pau Gasol).

Here is Reinsdorf’s statement, via Aggrey Sam of the CSN

“I am confounded by the irresponsible report in the Chicago Sun-Times suggesting there is anything approaching discord or confusion between the Bulls executive office, coaching staff, and Derrick Rose or any other Bulls player. To the contrary, I can remember no time when the organization has been any more focused, optimistic, and cohesive,” Reinsdorf wrote. “I’ve got to assume suggestions otherwise are intended to undermine the goals and objectives, spirit, and reputation of the Chicago Bulls. I am deeply disappointed that unnamed sources and totally inaccurate statements and assumptions can be used to foment nonexistent friction. The report is totally without basis or fact. It is pure malicious fiction.”

Total fiction. Except for the part of that report where Rose said there has been tension.

So what is the story, is there tension between Rose’s camp and the Bulls? Most likely, that’s not some new rumor around the league. There’s tension between a number of star players and their teams. Has been for many years.

In this case it all stems more from Rose being sidelined with injuries for much of the last two seasons (he has played just 10 games total the past two seasons) and just the frustrations that grow out of that. Rose has long resisted recruiting, thinking he shouldn’t have to pull someone into the locker room, they should walk in willingly.

Then again, he clearly wanted to play with Gasol and made the effort there.

This is a situation where winning can cure all ills — Rose comes back, the Bulls got off to a hot start next season and all of this will be forgotten. At least until they lose a couple games in a row.

  1. antistratfordian - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Rose’s brother should release a statement now contradicting the Bulls statement. That would be fun.

    • chicitybulls - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Fun for who? People who like drama and prefer it over watching basketball.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Not much basketball to watch right now, home slizzle.

      • chicitybulls - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        True but drama like this isn’t a good alternative. Maybe it’s just me though. Thankfully we’ll get to see some tonight.

      • sonnysuave - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        Is there supposed to be a televised exhibition game tonite? What channel/time?

      • chicitybulls - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        espn at 8 ct

  2. beach305 - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Lebron James 2.0

  3. muhangis - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    Wow you actually write articles this late? What time do you sleep?

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      1:35 AM EDT is 10:35 PM PDT. Not very late.

  4. muhangis - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:59 AM

    Personally believe that Rose did not want Carmelo in a Bulls uniform. He wanted the office to save their energies on K Love. It’s a simple matter of preference, and who he feels would be a better fit to the team. Can’t blame Derrick Rose as he did absolutely nothing wrong.

    • conradtwin1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      I dont think there is much here to this story and even if there is the fact is that Rose isnt going anywhere soon so why fuel anything to this fire? Everyone will calm down when he is back playing again at a decent level and the Bulls are contenders again. I’ve heard BJ Armstrong is the problem here and Rose needs to dump him soon.

    • sonnysuave - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Rose contacted Melo, saying the game would be easy if he came to Chicago. Sure, Rose practices w/ Love in the off-seasons… but there have been no reports of Rose prefering one over the other. Obviously, Melo is a better fit… since they need a go-to scorer, and could use the depth at the 3 spot. Chicago has plenty of bigs… Pau, Noah, Taj, Mirotic With crunch-time games (decided over last-second buzzer-beating shots)… it’s nearly impossible to have a big man score with less than 10 seconds left.

  5. davidly - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:56 AM

    “Nothing to see here. Move along.”
    Funny. That adequately summarizes all he had to say sixteen years ago, when he decided a 62-win team was not worthy of a try at a four-peat.

  6. ravenswhat - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Me think Reinsdorf doth protest too much

  7. floridascuba1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    Rose is a volume shooter. So of course he doesn’t want another volume shooter on the team.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      yep, coming from a Bulls fan here, you’re right that he’s a volume shooter, as far as point guards go.

      • sonnysuave - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        he HAS to be a volume shooter… cuz there’s no other players on the team that can create their own shots, and score at will. He’s stated this fact, and pointed out that on the Olympic team, he can focus more on being a true point guard, since they have scorers.

      • chicitybulls - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        Very true sonny. Facts and perspective get in the way sometimes though.

  8. doctordunkenstein - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:53 AM


    I thought he was so humble!!!

    • sonnysuave - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Does this article point out any arrogance??

  9. hodag54501 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Lets see…Rose hasn’t done squat in two years. Somehow that gives him the right to push his weight around? What a freakin’ prima donna.

    • sonnysuave - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Omg… Rose haters, wanting to add their own piece to the article. Where does the article even say anything about him pushing his weight around?? Troll, who drank too much Hatorade. Numnut.

  10. daveshingle - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    I would think that the Bulls would be upset at Rose for playing with team USA when he’s barely played a game for them in the last two years. Why aren’t they worried about injury?

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