Sure there has been some frustration with the Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose. He’s been injured – a lot. The failure of the Bulls to meet expectations or at least be perceived to have a chance at greatness can be linked to the fact Rose just hasn’t been available when needed. Then there’s those less than superstar type numbers he’s been averaging over the first five games of this season – BUT it’s only been five games. So should speculation of Rose’s departure from Chicago already be in the cards?
ESPN NBA Insider Brian Windhorst,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
That tone deaf comment made during media day about his future contract probably wasn’t well timed.
“You talk about ‘X’ amount of dollars, it raised everybody’s eyebrows,” Rose said, via FOX Sports. “There’s nothing wrong with being over-prepared.”
The speculation certainly seems premature, big trades this early in the season are not the norm and how Rose performs over the next month or so will have a big impact on his perceived value in Chicago and around the league. If Rose starts to find even some of his old form, the desire to rush him out could diminish rather quickly.
Also, there’s that minor detail that Rose is owed $20 million this season and over $21 million next year. Players averaging about 10 points per game and 34 percent shooting from the field just don’t command that kind of money, so putting any trade speculation on the back-burner for a while would seem appropriate.
As Rose told another ESPN writer, Nick Friedell recently, he’s not worried.
“Nothing,” he said. “I’m not worried about my offense. It’s all about conditioning, running, getting my body in shape, getting used to moving around. All the other stuff like offensive looks and all that, that’s going to come.”
Maybe the situation just needs a chance to breathe before looking for Rose to be pushed out the back door?