Derrick Rose is surrounded by media at team USA camp this week, and after a hectic free agency there are sure to be questions about the Bulls offseason moves.
The biggest name surrounding them during free agency was Knicks all-star forward Carmelo Anthony. Ultimately Anthony chose not to join the Bulls and instead stay in New York, but the decision as he says was a very tough one.
Rose was asked how he felt about Anthony's decision to not join the Bulls:
"I mean who wouldn't be disappointed?" came his response.
Rose went on to say regarding his disappointment:
“Of course. But at the same time, you can’t be mad at the decision he made. If you put yourself in that decision, that’s a hard decision. 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.’’
Rose had previously not recruited anyone to come to the Bulls, but that changed with Anthony. He changed his daily workout from their practice facility to the United Center on the day of Anthony's visit, so he could get a chance to talk with him about a potentially lethal combination of Rose and Anthony.
Regarding their conversation Rose said they discussed, “That if he was to come, that the game would be easy. 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.’’
Although it may seem Rose is slightly down over their swing and miss on Anthony, he was quick to dispel that train of thought. Unlike previous years they did end up making a splash by acquiring veteran big man Pau Gasol on a discount and Rose was delighted with the acquisition:
“Great, great,’’ Rose said in the same piece.
“When you think about Gasol, him winning championships and bringing that experience to our team and him being around our bigs like Joakim [Noah], and talking to them and giving them advice? Like, c’mon, I think that’s all we needed.’’
Future looks bright for Bulls and Rose
It's great to see Rose so optimistic about this free agency and the ensuing NBA season.
In previous years he has not been as pleased with the Bulls moves, but he can not complain now. The Bulls and Rose gave their best effort on Anthony, but ultimately missed out.
However, when adding a player of Pau Gasol's cailber and pedigree you can not be disappointed. That isn't even to mention European star Nikola Mirotic or first round pick Doug McDermott.