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Monday, October 23, 2017

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose says he has no bad blood with Bulls

Derrick Rose bears no ill will towards his former team.

Before his Cleveland Cavaliers played the Chicago Bulls in preseason Tuesday, Rose said that he had no hard feelings over the way his time in Chicago ended.

“It’s no bad blood with Chicago at all,” said the former No. 1 overall pick, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “Like, I understand the business side. It’s a business before anything. I understood that.”

Rose spent the first eight years of his career in Chicago, making three All-Star teams and winning the MVP Award in 2011. But he suffered through a number of catastrophic knee injuries during the latter part of his time with the Bulls and was eventually traded away to the New York Knicks in 2016 in a move he sounded blindsided by at the time. Rose also made some recent comments about how he was “in a dark place” years ago, but it doesn’t sound like he harbors any resentment towards the Bulls specifically anymore.

Derrick Rose calls time with Knicks ‘a learning experience’

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose isn’t looking back fondly on his one-year sabbatical in New York.

In an interview with Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press that was published on Tuesday, the former MVP opened up about his tenure with the Knicks.

“On the court was when it was the craziest to me,” said Rose. “Some of the strategies and all that, I didn’t understand. It was confusing. It was just a learning experience.”

Rose, who signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer, actually had a productive 2016-17 season with 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game in 64 appearances. But it was a year where the Knicks were plagued by drama and dysfunction left and right, some of which Rose contributed to. He was also vocal about his opposition to the triangle offense during the season.

The Cavs now mark Rose’s third NBA team in roughly a year-and-a-half, and while they often have their own spats of drama, their winning infrastructure should offer much better stability, at least for the one-year deal Rose signed.

Derrick Rose did not want to mentor Frank Ntilikina with Knicks

The New York Knicks supposedly had interest in bringing back Derrick Rose this offseason, but the veteran point guard was not willing to play the role of mentor on a rebuilding team.

After the Knicks selected French guard Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 overall pick in the NBA Draft, they wanted to find a veteran player who would be willing to help the 19-year-old along. Rose wanted no part of that, according to his agent B.J. Armstrong.

“You’re a mentor when you no longer can play,” Armstrong told Marc Berman of the New York Post over the weekend. “This league you get paid to perform. You don’t get paid to be a mentor.

“That kid [Ntilikina] was drafted in [the] lottery. He’s got to play. One of the most coveted things in the NBA is experience. The kid needs to play. The new [collective bargaining agreement] is constructed to build through the draft. … Let that kid play and make mistakes and see what you have in four, five years. Maybe the kid turns out to be Steph Curry.”

Rose ended up signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the veteran minimum of $2.1 million. The Knicks seemingly found their mentor when they signed 31-year-old Ramon Sessions on Saturday. As Armstrong notes, Rose was only going to sign with a contender.

“Derrick chose what he said he’d choose from the beginning. He didn’t deviate,” the agent said. “He said he just wanted to win. People didn’t believe it. He’s made a lot of money in his career. Now he just wants to win. The guy averaged 18 points a game in the triangle and we know how the game is played right now.”

Armstrong also added that Rose hopes Kyrie Irving remains with the Cavs and that the 28-year-old is willing to accept a backup role. He was reportedly not interested in doing the same with the Los Angeles Lakers, though he would have been playing behind a rookie.

While there were two other teams that Rose is said to have been more interested in than Cleveland, the Cavs should present a great opportunity for him to play a significant role. If Irving is traded, Rose could be asked to turn back the clock if he can stay healthy.

Stephon Marbury goes on Twitter rant about Derrick Rose’s contract

Stephon Marbury is sounding off on the plight of a fellow ex-All-Star guard.

The former NBA star took to Twitter on Wednesday night to rant about the one-year, $2.1 million deal that Derrick Rose signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, citing Rose’s 2011 MVP Award and even calling out LeBron James.

To be fair, there’s often some financial trade-off involved when it comes to signing with a championship contender. But even considering his injury history, Rose’s contract was still well-below market value for a 28-year-old who averaged 18.0 points and 4.4 assists per game last season.

Marbury of all people knows that every dollar counts, but it may ultimately be worth it for Rose, getting to vie for the NBA title that Marbury never won.

LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Eric Bledsoe reportedly working out together

LeBron James

LeBron James is getting ready for the season with a new teammate and another interesting name.

According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, James will be working out in Las Vegas this week with Derrick Rose and Eric Bledsoe, and are set to work out together possibly as early as Wednesday.

Rose is, of course, a new teammate of James, having agreed to terms with the Cavaliers earlier in the week. Bledsoe is an interesting name because he could be available via trade, and may make sense in a swap for disgruntled point guard Kyrie Irving.

Bledsoe made some interesting comments recently regarding his future with the Suns. Working out with James is only going to intensify rumors.

Cavs reportedly wanted to sign Derrick Rose before Kyrie Irving trade request

Derrick Rose

Reports of the Cleveland Cavaliers having interest in Derrick Rose surfaced right around the time Kyrie Irving supposedly met with the team and asked to be traded, but one apparently did not directly impact the other.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs were interested in signing Rose independent of the situation they are dealing with with Irving. That does not, however, mean the Irving drama was not a factor in Rose’s decision.

Rose has a home in Southern California and spends his summers there. The 28-year-old chose the Cavs over the Los Angeles Lakers because he wants to contend for a title, plus the Lakers would have asked him to play the role of mentor behind rookie Lonzo Ball. With Irving possibly on his way out of Cleveland, Rose has an opportunity to be a big contributor with the Cavs.

Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs have started to engage in trade discussions involving Irving, and that increases the possbility that Rose could have a “significant” role in Cleveland. While he’s coming off yet another knee injury, the point guard is said to be healthy and averaged 18.0 points per game before he went down last season.

If Rose can stay on the court, he could thrive playing alongside LeBron James. Some of the issues Irving has with LeBron as a teammate won’t apply to Rose, especially with how much he has to prove at this point in his career.

Report: Derrick Rose was unwilling to accept bench role with Lakers

The great Allen Iverson once said, “I don’t know any former MVP that come off the bench.” Now Derrick Rose appears to be living by those words as well.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported on Tuesday that the Los Angeles Lakers made a “strong push” for Rose before he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he was unwilling to take on a bench role for them.

The implications here seem to be twofold. For one, it’s further confirmation that the Lakers plan to start and develop No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball right away. For another, it may be evidence that Rose still sees himself as starter-caliber.

Of course, Rose could end up coming off the bench for the Cavs anyway, but he might not have wanted the double whammy of being relegated to the second unit if he wasn’t going to compete for a championship. Then again, there’s the whole Kyrie Irving situation right now in Cleveland, which begs the question of if Rose was promised the starting job before he committed to the Cavs. LeBron James’ reported mindset seems to be fueling those rumors, and only time will tell what role the former All-Star Rose will have in Cleveland.

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