Jerry Reinsdorf was baffled by reports from the Chicago Sun-Times this week that the Bulls and Derrick Rose are experiencing ongoing tension. The Sun-Times wrote an article detailing tension between the parties, but chose to use old quotes and selective quoting to make their case. Reinsdorf issued this press release to respond and put an end to all the rumors.
"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."
Rose has always lived by the motto “Everybody Eats.’’ As one former teammate pointed out recently, ‘‘Everybody’s eating, but there’s only one guy out there busting his [butt].’’ […] The two most obvious faces in the Rose camp are his brother/manager, Reggie, and his agent, B.J. Armstrong.
"I don’t do interviews, and what does that word ‘camp’ even mean?’’ Armstrong said when asked about the Rose camp and its relationship with the Bulls. […] Asked if there was one spokesman for Rose, Armstrong said: "No one does interviews. No one talks. Derrick speaks to you [media] guys, and that’s it. There’s nothing to discuss. If there is something going on, there’s two people: You can get it from [chairman] Jerry Reinsdorf or you can get it from Derrick Rose. There’s nothing else to talk about."
Reinsdorf makes it clear that there is no tension or built up resentment from either party, and that any rumor now is baseless. This was a cheap shot by the Sun-Times and I would not be surprised if they experienced a freeze out of information from the Bulls for printing such a inflammatory article.