After previously entertaining the possibility of playing overseas during the ongoing NBA lockout -- like Chicago Bulls teammate Brian Scalabrine is doing in Italy -- Derrick Rose told reporters Sunday that he doesn't plan on taking his talents across the pond and is staying optimistic that there will be a 2011-12 season.
The reigning league MVP spoke at and attended, but did not play in, a charity game in Houston held by former NBA coach and player John Lucas, father of Bulls guard John Lucas III, who played in the exhibition contest along with teammate C.J. Watson.
"I'm not going anywhere, I'm good," said Rose, whose older brother Reggie Rose talked last month about his dislike of the Bulls point guard participating in pickup games. "I'm just trying to stay in a nice place where you never know what will happen, or what can happen, what will happen. Now, I'm trying to keep myself in nice shape, and stay positive. Hopefully, we'll have a season."
With a max contract offer almost certainly awaiting him to be signed when the lockout is lifted, it is hard to imagine that Rose, at any point, seriously considered signing with a foreign club -- especially after Sunday's incident in which Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith, a potential Bulls free-agent target who's currently playing in China, suffered what appeared to be a non-contact right knee injury and needed help from teammates to reach an ambulance.
At this point, the Bulls most likely to play overseas appear to be Joakim Noah and Luol Deng, the two players with the most international ties on the team.
Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer, Watson and Lucas are among the Bulls who have also discussed potentially playing abroad should the NBA fail to salvage a season.