It doesn’t appear that there is any love lost between Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls franchise.
After moving on to play for the New York Knicks last season and now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the usually-reserved Rose is finally opening up about some aspects of his time in Chicago.
After maintaining that he stayed away from recruiting other players to Chicago, Rose told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times that he took part in a video pitch in the attempts of persuading LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to join him back in 2010.
Rose revealed that he made a video, sent it to the team to send out to the three players and never found out what happened after that point.
“Like people always said I didn’t recruit. I tried to recruit,” Rose said. “I put out a video but it wasn’t for me to say that. I felt like the [Bulls] organization was supposed to say that and they didn’t. I put out a video for him [Wade], Chris Bosh and LeBron.’’
Cowley then asked if the organization sent it out for him, and he responded, “I mean it ain’t for me to say that, but yeah, they didn’t say anything about it. They sent it. I don’t know if they really actually looked at it or played the video, but I made a video. At the time it wasn’t for me to say that.’’
The fact that he received no response from his own team regarding the video gives a glimpse of the lack of a relationship that he and the front office had during that time.
Cowley contacted a source within the Bulls organization and he confirmed that Rose made the video, but failed to show up when the team needed him to on two important occasions.
“According to the source, Rose did make a video, but he was asked to, along with Joakim Noah and several other members of the 2009-10 team. The source said Rose was asked to fly out with the organization to meet with James, but ‘backed out,’” Cowley reported.
Additionally, “In the 2014 offseason, Rose was supposed to be much more active in the Carmelo Anthony recruitment, and angered the front office when he never showed for a dinner with Anthony, despite a place setting being left for him.”
That adds to the narrative of a strained relationship between Rose and the front office.
While Rose won an MVP award and led a number of Bulls teams to the playoffs during his time there, the question will likely always be, “What could have been?” Since he spent so much time injured and without viable star players beside him, Chicago missed out on making any major noise during his tenure.
After all these years, it is very interesting to hear him open up and call his former club out. It remains to be seen if he will continue down that road and reveal more about the dysfunction during his time in the Windy City.