Reports came out a few days ago that Derrick Rose is concerned about the future of the Bulls. Chicago is currently (9-15) and all indications point to them letting Luol Deng walk and they could amnesty Carlos Boozer.
These early signs have one Chicago columnist all fired up. Dan Bernstein of CBSChicago took major shots at Rose’s character in his latest column:
“Complaining while not playing is a bad look for someone who has sold a phony reputation as a humble, team-oriented kid.”
“He’ll take every last dollar, and enjoy all the team-supplied resources for medical consultations, surgeries, rehabilitation programs, and various therapists, only to ignore their professional opinions just because he feels like it.”
“It takes some nerve to call out his employers after they have paid him 30 percent of their salary cap to miss consecutive seasons.”
It doesn’t help anything that Rose is not among the brightest bulbs, and that he still lives in an insular camp of cronies that is too often at odds with his team. It was understandable for him to be shielded from Englewood gangs and other unsavory influences enough to get him a fair shot at a pro career, but enough already. He’s 25 years old, in his fifth NBA season, is worth a quarter-billion dollars and has a family of his own, yet his uneducated oaf of an older brother remains the empowered svengali.
Reggie Rose is a clown, using the guise of brotherly love to aggrandize himself after a failed career as both player and coach that was marked by bizarre, immature behavior.
He says he’s all about winning a championship, but then he carps about rebuilding when it appears his team is trying to do what it must to give him that very opportunity. That’s just dumb.
And it’s certainly not humble, so we can stop with that. The quiet superstar is quiet not because he is naturally self-effacing, but because he is bad at talking.
In a NBA where you need multiple superstars to compete for a championship, it’s hard to blame Rose for having his concerns. He’s playing for his hometown team and I bet it would kill him to leave in LeBron like fashion.