Derrick Rose
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Rose
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has nixed all talks concerning the future of Derrick Rose with the Chicago Bulls. But trust me, this conversation is not ending now.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that there was tension between the Bulls and Rose, but Reinsdorf referred to it as a “malicious fiction.

“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,” Reinsdorf said in the statement.

“To the contrary, I can remember no time when the organization has been any more focused, optimistic, and cohesive. … 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.”

Before contract extension talks are even breached, I implore the Bulls organization to give Rose a chance to re-establish himself as one of the NBA’s best point guards. Rose has been hindered by injuries for the past three years, and has been faced with setback after setback leading into the 2014-15 season.

According to all the reports from Team USA in Las Vegas, Rose is reminding people of the franchise player he’s accustomed to being. And if there was tension between him and the organization at some point over the past three years — whether it was due to frustration or failing to assemble the right pieces around Rose for the coming season — it’s understandable.

People get impatient. Rose, for one, was itching to return to the court. But every time he came close, he was hit with another setback. Reinsdorf was trying to land Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love, among others, this offseason in an attempt to pair Rose with another All-Star. But he swung and he missed, and I imagine Rose was disappointed.

As a professional athlete, one of the best in the world, Rose has a right to be angry if he felt like he didn’t have the backing of the organization. You can get mad for off-the-court trouble, problematic behavior, but not injuries. Those are unfortunate and unprecedented, and as unpredictable as it gets.

“I’m happy I didn’t personally see it,” Rose told the Sun-Times in reference to the tension between him and the Bulls.

“I don’t want to see that. I kind of wonder where it was coming from because it seemed like whenever I was around, everything was all right. It bothered me because when I wasn’t around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn’t all right.’’

Per the report, tension was mounting because Rose’s camp — his brother, Reggie, and manager B.J. Armstrong — were taking shots at the organization. The favor was returned when Rose failed to show an interest during free agency, apparently “resisting to help” lure Anthony to Chicago.

Rose doesn’t have to recruit players if he doesn’t want to. It is not in his contract to convince Anthony to join the Bulls, especially if Rose doesn’t believe the two could co-exist and win titles together.

There is no reason the organization should be hard on Rose for anything he’s done in the past three years, especially get hurt. He, alone, is the face of that franchise, which is actually an amazing feat considering he hasn’t been able to play for a full 82-game season in quite some time. He’s still the X-factor, their unquestioned leader and the single player that’s the difference between a first- or second-round playoff exit and a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Reindorf being angry? That’s petty. Rose isn’t your recruiter. This isn’t a college football official visit; it’s the NBA, a business, among other things. And Rose isn’t obligated to do anything but help the Bulls win basketball games.

So tension … please. Reinsdorf doesn’t have to engage in contract talks with Rose if he doesn’t want to. I don’t think it’s a wise decision to do so — at least until we’re passed the first few weeks of the season, and Rose reminds him of the one-in-a-million talent he is.

Then Reinsdorf will have to suck up his pride and attempt to convince Rose to stay. Then ask Jerry how he enjoys being the recruiter.

  • Terry the Toad

    Face it, Bulls fans . . . Derrick Rose is an incredibly talented bust.  He can’t stay healthy, and he doesn’t have the fire in his belly to be a superstar.  Why the heck would ‘Melo or Love, or any other big name want to be paired with a guy who can never answer the call?

  • AlfredEhman

    Your name suits you perfectly

  • TruthSayer55

    This writer is an idiot and has no clue what he is talking about. Rose has shown he is a me first person with no care to help the team that drafted him to stay home along with giving him huge money in an extention which he has yet to earn one dollar from. i understand injurys but when you are cleared by 3 doctors to play and you say no while your team is fighting through the playoff thats not good. Rose the face of the franchise? Obviously your not from Chicago Noah is the leader and face of this franchise. He has been the guy to take the extra load and show he wants it with a smile. he plays hard he plays hurt, he shows improvement, he draws fans, he is humble and he cares about the community. Nothing bad can be ever said about Noah in Chicago. Rose on the other hand would have zero right to be mad at the Bulls as he has done nothing to better the team around him. Is  he required to , that said if you don’t want to help yourself then you can only be mad at yourself. You want good players to come then get off your ass and go convince them. To be a stand offish guy with a rep of being a baby who lets his brother ruin his rep with bad advise gets you nothing. Rose has the talent and had the oppurtunity to be a Chicago great, but at this point most are just tired of his diva act and if he wants to change how Chicago history views him then he better check his attitude and dump his brother the moron asap.

    The Bulls catered to this diva and he gave nothing back. Take stock this Bulls team is Noahs and Chicago Bulls and the city have accepted him with open arms as that. Rose is a possible team plus but is no leader.

  • Terry the Toad

    Please note: not one piece of substantive material did you add to the discussion.  When people have nothing intelligent to say, they most often reach for the lowest common denominator, i.e., a personal insult.
    Thank goodness I am impervious to such childish discourse.  I guess it’s what passes for witty repartee in your world, eh?