Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose hasn't had the best possible start to the season, but can we please stop the outlandish statements that it's time the franchise broke up with him?
Rose scored 29 points, registered five rebounds and seven assists in the game against Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder last night to help his team win 104-98.
This kind of performances are MVP-esque and are the reason why the Bulls should keep hold of Rose, and not listen to the likes of ESPN NBA Insider Brian Windhorst who said on the ESPN Radio’s “Russillo & Kanell” program Wednesday that the franchise might be growing tired of him.
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He said: "Here's how I feel about Derrick Rose: The breakup with the Bulls has begun. I don't know how long it's going to last, I don't know when it's going to be complete, but you can sort of see it. The team and the franchise have moved on, to a little bit of a certain extent.
"It's not Derrick Rose's fault that his knee got hurt, OK? But his attitude has been not terrific. The comments that he made about his contract in 2017, you want to talk about being tone deaf.”
It's understandable why some analysts are going down this road. Alongside his comments about his contract, he's failed to play a full season for over three seasons now due to injury, which has led to very under par performances as we have seen a decline in his points and assists per game averages.
The Bulls and their fans just need to be a little more patient with their former MVP star and hope he settles into this season. He has the capabilities to be a star still and to dismiss that would be ridiculous.
He is starting to show signs of his pre-injury form. It's only a matter of time before we see the old Rose once again. The Bulls going separate ways from Rose would be a huge mistake.