Reggie Rose has always been viewed as the guy who helped steer Derrick in the right direction, but over the course of his Derrick's injury, Reggie has done Derrick no favors in the PR department.
It started last season when Reggie noted the Bulls roster wasn't upgraded and complained about the Bulls not putting enough pieces around Derrick. I don't think the Bulls have the best roster in the league, I too want them to have better pieces around Derrick, but he given that he won't recruit he's not exactly helping his cause.
The Bulls still managed to build a team good enough to be a fringe title contender in most eras around a player who's a fringe top five guy in most eras which overall is a fairly good job. Not good enough for the championship or bust crowd, but Rose isn't exactly wasting away half his career missing the playoffs like many other stars have endured.
He noted that Rose shouldn't bother coming back this season because the cast wasn't good enough to win which should have enraged any fan of the team. Note, there are probably 250+ players in the league every season with no legitimate chance to win, and they still play the games.
As the summer progressed, he said the backlash against Rose was expected, but seemed to misidentify the source, saying that true Bulls fans had Rose's back while the contingent of fans who were primarily Rose fans were upset Derrick was gone.
While there are no clear lines between a Rose fan and a Bulls fan (I'd assume most of us are both), logic certainly indicates the more you follow the team because of Rose's individual greatness the more likely you are to side with the player rather than someone who's going to root for the jersey no matter what.
He continued on yesterday with a fairly innocent quote that Derrick will miss Ron Adams now that he's gone, confirming that Adams and Rose spent a lot of time together. Given his past words, it hints at a greater separation between Rose and management again. Perhaps this is completely as intended and exactly what Derrick wants out there.
If these are all Derrick's opinions then that's fine as they're totally reasonable. However, if they are, then Derrick should drop the buffer between himself and his opinions and deliver the message directly. It feels like Reggie's presence is to allow Derricks thoughts out while still allowing Derrick plausible deniability to anything he doesn't like the reaction to.
We assume that Reggie speaks for camp Rose until something plays badly in the press, then Derrick will come out and say Reggie's his own man and of course he doesn't think that. Perhaps that's true, but if Reggie is really besmirching your name then tell him "no more media interviews, you aren't my media manager".
If Reggie is simply speaking the truth, then Derrick should be speaking it directly instead. Maybe it's time for camp Rose to simply be Derrick Rose. For Derrick's thoughts to come from Derrick himself. Let's remove the middle man and take ownership. If he thinks the roster isn't good enough then he can tell us. If he thinks the Bulls shouldn't have fired Ron Adams then he can say so.
I think most people will side with Derrick with such opinions, but whether they do or don't, if they're his then they should come from him, not his brother. If they aren't, then his brother sure as hell isn't helping him any.