Derrick Rose continues his run of impeccable timing to note that in case there were any doubts, he has no interest in helping the Bulls land a star player, and if any of them have any doubts about him, they should know he may also not play at team USA camp because of his health.
This from Yahoo's Marc Spears.
Rose told Yahoo Sports on Sunday that he doesn't plan to recruit Anthony – or any free agent, for that matter – even though he likes Anthony's game and thinks they can play alongside each other.
Rose's reason is simple: He said it's "not my job."
"My thing is if they want to come, they can come," Rose said.
Anthony averaged 27.4 points for the New York Knicks last season. Rose averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 assists during the 2011-12 season – the last before he injured his left knee in the 2012 playoffs. Rose respects Anthony's game and believes they can co-exist.
"I love Melo's game," Rose said. "He's a great player. Takes the game serious. He's consistent. He shoots the ball great. I love his heart.
"I can play with anybody, no matter who it is. I believe I can play with anyone if they step on the court with me."
This isn't new news about Derrick, and in many ways it's simply another media driven story. The media asks him a question on Sunday that he's already answered, and he gives the same answer making a new story out of an old story.
It's still a story though, and it's still a ridiculously stupid stance for Rose to take. It's even worse that we have to re-read about it today, though the rehashing of it really has nothing to do with Derrick except that he's going to stick with the same decision he made quite some time ago.
Meanwhile, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah are ready to recruit Carmelo Anthony per ESPN radio and will be at the Bulls pitch tomorrow. I'm not sure if it's better or worse that Taj/Noah come while Rose refuses to come as it highlights Rose's refusal to come by having other players there.
What's worse news is that he noted this about his recovery and playing for team USA:
As for when Rose will resume playing, he told Yahoo Sports he expects to be ready for the 2014-15 NBA season-opener, but has yet to decide if he will try out for USA Basketball's World Cup team this summer.
Rose has played in only 10 total games the past two seasons and 50 the past three because of various injuries, including two major knee surgeries. He said he has been taking part in five-on-five scrimmages for a while and his rehabilitation is going well. But Rose also said he is uncertain if he will participate in USA Basketball's training camp starting July 28 in Las Vegas.
"I still don't know yet," Rose told Yahoo Sports at the Drew Gooden Foundation Basketball Camp on Sunday. "If I'm feeling right and the time is [right], for sure I will go out there. My body is responding good, but you never know.
"Right now, I haven't really thought about that. I am just worrying about just trying to get back every day and I'm really taking rehab one day at a time instead of trying to think about competing."
For those counting at home, it's now been nearly eight months since he had a procedure which people typically recover from in four to six months. At this point Derrick Rose either needs to get a sports psychologist on staff, or Bulls fans need to accept that Derrick is one of the game's worst healers.
He's two months after the LATE end of the time frame, a time frame most NBA caliber athletes would have hit in the three to four month range quite honestly, and he's still focused on taking his rehab one day at a time? He shouldn't be thinking about rehab. He should be all habbed up by now and be thinking about kicking the ass of the league again.
Team USA would be a great chance to do that. Now, he didn't say he won't be at the team USA practices, but the fact that he's not certain about his body at this point is just another one of many scary red flags with this guy.
The Bulls are locked in a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation with Derrick Rose. They could never deal him to get something back that'd actually be useful, but at the same time their season's success is hitched to a guy who's coming off two major knee injuries and appears to require 1.5x the standard recover time for an injury.
It's far more likely than not that the Bulls are dealing with a Grant Hill or Penny Hardaway situation here. Each year there might be a bit less hope than the year before with no success coming. That said, even if the Bulls wanted to trade Rose for 10c on the dollar, odds are they'd struggle to find someone willing to give them the dime.
Of course, it could all be nothing, but these quotes have an eery similarity to the ones he made to USA Today about not coming back in the current season from his ACL injury at a point where everyone else was expecting him back "any day". If it is simply blown out of proportion, then Rose needs to fire his publicist and get a new one, because he's needlessly pushing a really negative vibe at a potentially critical juncture.
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