The string of bad press for Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose continued this past weekend when a report from the New York Daily News indicated that Rose may be at odds with the Bulls front office and the direction of the team.
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.”-New York Daily News
Memo to Rose, shut the hell up.
For as much as Rose is well-received for his play on the court when healthy, something that has been a rarity in the past two years, the Chicago native is quickly giving off a negative impression whenever he or someone from his camp speaks.
The string of bad press started when Rose’s brother, Reggie, criticized the Bulls front office last season and continued when Rose came off as an elitist after his post-surgery press conference.
The report goes on to say that Rose has every right to be worried about the direction of the Bulls.
That simply is not true. Rose has no right to be worried about the direction of the Bulls. If Rose was so worried about the Bulls, how come he refuses to recruit free agents to Chicago?
The idea of the Bulls purposely tanking the season is one that should have everyone worried, but this idea that Bulls shouldn’t be rebuilding is non-sense. The current core group of the Bulls–Rose, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah–have failed. Injuries certainly have played a factor in their failures, but that group of core players has had ample time to achieve their goal of winning the NBA championship and have come up short in each of their attempts.
Rebuilding around Rose and Noah is something the Bulls should be doing. It is a process that started with Jimmy Butler being implemented in the starting rotation and one that will continue with Deng and Boozer possibly departing from the team after the season.
Instead of generating bad press every time his camp opens their mouth, may be Rose should spend his energy on recruiting talents to Chicago. Maybe then, Rose would lose his exclusionary and elitist perception.