Rose said he was "very surprised" that Boozer wasn't traded to Chicago.
"It would have been great," Rose said. "Boozer, he's a great guy, a
great veteran. He would have helped the team out a lot. So if he would
have came on to this team, we would have liked him as a player."
Added Rose: "We need a big, he's a big. He can pop and shoot, he's
a strong post player, too, so he's versatile, and that's what we need
on this team."
Forman added that while
he had trade talks with every team in the league, he was inclined to
bring back the same team that gave Boston everything it could handle in
losing a seven-game first-round playoff series.
"We like the team that we have," Forman said, "and really this
summer we had a lot of opportunities to change our roster if we wanted
to and we wanted to let this roster continue to grow together."
First, it's interesting that Rose specifically stated how much they need a big man. Not that he's wrong or throwing anyone under the bus specifically, but it's still a statement that doesn't necessarily reflect positively on his front court teammates.
I like that though, because he's clearly right. The Bulls do need a big man. Especially an offensive oriented one, and someone who's strong and physical.
The inference that Forman wanted to come back with the same team is funny given that they lost last season's best player. Clearly they aren't coming back with the same team. I think a lot of Bulls fans, including this one, would have enjoyed them coming back with the same team.
However, Gar wasn't quoted in using that phrase, so whether it's an inference, impression, piece of another quote, or creative writing by the reporter is up for debate. He said he wanted the guys they have to be able to grow together. I'm sure that's still true of everyone else whom we did bring back.
Either way, there's probably no need to read to continue to rehash the Gordon post-mortem. The Bulls liked Ben Gordon, but not at 12 million a year, and they positioned themselves to have cap room next year (a wise move) while putting together a team that still has a lot of potential this year. I just found the idea that we were bringing back the same team strange, because we lost (debatably) last season's best player. Good long term strategy perhaps, same team? Definitely not.