Reggie Rose decided the trade deadline was a nice time to vent about the Bulls lack of movement and changes. He vents the frustrations of the common fan claiming the Bulls haven't put enough around Rose to win a championship.
"What have you pieced together? Have you made any moves? Have you made any trades to get better? You know all roads to the championship lead through Miami," Reggie Rose told ESPNChicago.com. "What pieces have you put together for the physical playoffs?
"Joakim Noah is a great player. Luol Deng is a great player. But you need more than that. You have to put together pieces to your main piece. The players can only do so much. It's up to the organization to make them better."
"It's frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him," Reggie Rose said.
"Everyone is expecting Derrick to come back," Reggie Rose said. "If Derrick comes back, they're going to sell more tickets. Is the reason for Derrick to come back to win a championship or make money? Right now, I don't believe a championship. Everything in the NBA is financial."
At the core, Rose is right about the Bulls not having enough. They don't have enough to beat Miami and win a championship. However the biggest thing missing in that equation is the fact that Derrick Rose isn't as good as LeBron James. When the Bulls played the Heat in the playoffs it was Rose who was trivially shut down while LeBron dominated.
Rose's cast couldn't help him, it didn't do enough, it allowed the Heat to blitz Rose too much, but in the end, expecting the Bulls to put a cast around Rose that's better than Wade, Bosh, and Allen is somewhat difficult to imagine. The Bulls have a nice cast. They may not have the best supporting cast in the NBA, but if you take away Rose, they have a team that looks like it can come near 50 wins.
That's better than majority of the teams in the league with their best player. Only a small handful of teams would beat the Bulls if you remove their best player. Complain all you want, but Derrick Rose has a top five cast in the NBA. Yeah, we'd all like the Bulls cast to be better, but it's not like Rose is surrounded by a bunch of complete scrubs here.
The complaint also seems ridiculously timed. What were the Bulls going to do at the deadline with no money under the cap, no superstars being traded, and not a lot to offer up? Especially as Reggie indicates, this is about Rose's career and not this year. What long term moves would have made sense at the deadline? Not a whole lot most likely.
I've been frustrated at the Bulls taking the long view at times, but this seems like a poor time to complain about it. At this point, it's difficult to see the Bulls winning a title with a minor tweak. A major tweak wasn't available, and the Bulls are better off hanging onto their assets for next season.
In fact, critics of the Bulls spending, such as myself, are pleasantly surprised to see that Chicago didn't dump assets in order to just get under the tax and save money. At least Chicago didn't go for the blatant money grab which isn't saying much is certainly better than the alternative, especially when all the rumored Bulls trades were about money rather than the team.
I don't mind calling the Bulls out when they're cheap, but this wasn't one of those times. There were no quality moves to be had on the table. The hard cap prevented them from adding salary, and no significant players switched teams anyway. Reggie Rose is looking out for his brother, he's venting the frustration we all feel about the team not having more, but he also appears to lack any understanding of the realities of working in the front office.