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.