ESPNChicago had an interview with Dwyane Wade discussing Derrick Rose, recruitment, and the Chicago Bulls where Wade effectively said, if you want to win, you'll need to recruit guys eventually.
"Derrick's still young (23)," Wade told ESPNChicago.com Thursday afternoon during a charity event for his Wade's World Foundation. "When I came into the league (in 2003), when all of us came into the league, you never can tell me that this day would come where I play with guys like LeBron (James) and Chris (Bosh) because I wanted to be the young gun. I wanted to be the one who leads my team to a championship, I had that mentality.
"And then you get to a point where you understand, even with me winning a championship in my third year, it took Shaquille O'Neal, it took Gary Payton, Antoine Walker, James Posey, all these guys to make it possible. This league is very good and you're not going to win it alone. So when you've had a very good team like Derrick has had, you don't need to recruit, but when you've hit rough stages and injuries hit and all these things, and you have a year like we had where we won 15 games (in 2007-08), and now we've got to rebuild back, it becomes a little different. Hopefully, he doesn't have to experience that, but things change."
"The process through free agency, I wasn't talking to anyone from certain teams, like players, it was more so the front office. It was more so a decision I had to make. I understood that if Derrick would have had a problem with me coming to Chicago, I would have never been a priority, or never even been interviewed to come there so I understood just from that (process) that he would have been fine with me and him sharing the same floor."
Wade didn't go completely nuts with it, he said the Bulls are a good team now and didn't throw Rose under the bus as a reason as to why he didn't come to Chicago, but I think there's plenty of truth in what Rose is saying here.
First, nothing was going to make LeBron, Wade, or Bosh come to Chicago in 2010. We realize that now. They wanted to play together, they won a title playing together, they'll be favorites to win more titles playing together. While it seems almost unfair to have so much talent on one team, they got exactly what they wanted, and if I remove the decision, pre-partying, arrogance, and general jackassary, it's a pretty great story that three great plaeyrs who are great friends take less money to win titles.
That said, would it have made a difference in Dwight Howard's decision to come here if Derrick Rose called him up all the time and said something like: "Dwight, man, you've got to come here. We'll crush Miami at their two weakest positions, and you can take the spotlight, you know I'm a reserved guy who doesn't want it anyway". Howard famously didn't want to come to Chicago, but all of the pieces for him to want to come here should have been in place.
Would Derrick Rose have been able to push him over the edge? Maybe. Maybe not. We'll never really know but don't underestimate the pull of being desired. Ray Allen is playing for his once hated rival for less money because the big three all recruited him hard, because management promised him they wouldn't dangle him in trade rumors, because they made him feel wanted more so than Boston did.
Derrick Rose will do anything physically to win. He'll do anything on the court to win. Will he do anything off the court to win though? I get that he's a reserved guy. I get that he doesn't want to offend his current teammates, and his situation recruiting LeBron / Howard is fundamentally different than Wade whom didn't need to throw one of his best friends [in Rose's case Deng/Noah] in order to recruit guys to play on the team.
That said, if the Rose is serious about winning, Wade is right. You've got to do everything you can. I just hope Derrick learns this lesson by the next time an opportunity to get a star comes up. Unfortunately, it may take a crash and burn of the team for it to sink in.