Derrick Rose wants to become better leader

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose has a lot of obstacles to overcome as he returns from multiple knee injuries/surgeries that have limited him over the past three seasons. Rose says he “has no fears” when it comes to his knee injuries, and Team USA personnel such as Coach K and Tom Thibodeau have praised his game.

Rose may be returning to form physically and unconcerned about that part of his game, but there is one area he’d like to improve.

“Right now, that mental part is my part of the game that I’m missing. That leadership being on the court, getting guys together, just knowing that it’s us against everyone when we’re on the floor,” Rose said Friday in Chicago where he was practicing with Team USA ahead of a game against Brazil via ESPN Chicago.

“For me, this is my chance to actually become a better leader. Being more vocal in the locker room. Being more vocal on the floor. [Saturday] starts all that. It’s a huge journey for me. I’m not trying to shy away from it. I think it’s going to help me with the Bulls next season, and it’s going to help me have a better relationship with my teammates. Because I always have a good relationship, but being vocal and always talking to them I think it should be even better so I’m excited about it.”

This is noteworthy because Rose has always come across as a lead by example type of player. He’s not the kind of guy who will get involved in actively recruiting players to join the Bulls, which is something you’d expect out of a team leader. He still might not do that, but at least he wants to work on his leadership going forward. That can help make him a better overall player and make his teams even more difficult.

Derrick Rose ‘disappointed’ Carmelo Anthony chose Knicks

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose does not like putting himself out there and recruiting players to the Chicago Bulls, but that does not mean he does not want superstars joining him on the team.

Rose was hoping the Bulls would be able to sign Carmelo Anthony in free agency and admitted he was disappointed they didn’t.

“I mean, who wouldn’t be disappointed?’’ Rose said Monday via the Chicago Sun-Times. “Of course. But at the same time, you can’t be mad at the decision he made. If you put yourself in that decision, that’s a hard decision. You got your family to think about. You got money to think about. Not to say you should think about money. But when you’re talking about millions and millions of dollars, you can’t just put that behind you. So I’m not mad with the decision that he made and I wish him nothing but the best.’’

‘Melo chose to re-sign with the Knicks and got an extra year and about $40 million guaranteed compared to the offer he had from the Bulls. He recently admitted that his decision came down to returning to New York or going to Chicago.

The response from Rose is notable because his attitude makes it seem like he doesn’t care about free agents even though he does. It’s just not in his personality to be a recruiter.

At least the Bulls weren’t totally left out in free agency; they signed Pau Gasol, but they did release Carlos Boozer. Their success next season, as usual, depends on Rose’s health.

Derrick Rose reportedly worked out to show Carmelo Anthony he can play

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose does not like recruiting players to join his team. As K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune put it, Rose has an old-school mentality and believes trying to convince a player to sign with the Bulls would undermine his current teammates. He made an exception for Carmelo Anthony.

Rose spoke to Anthony inside the Bulls locker room on Tuesday for about 20 minutes to help state Chicago’s case. Perhaps more importantly, the former Memphis star reportedly spent some time proving to Anthony that he is healthy and ready to play.

Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders reports that Rose went through a private workout with Anthony present. The goal was to prove that he has recovered from two major knee injuries that have limited him to just 49 games since the 2011-2012 season. Rose has supposedly looked sharp in five-on-five drills during practice.

K.C. Johnson noted that Taj Gibson also spoke to Anthony, which could be of importance since Anthony will likely want the Bulls to keep Gibson so he can play with Rose, Gibson and Joakim Noah. However, keeping Gibson and his $8 million salary would likely mean Anthony would have to take less money than he is entitled to.

From the sound of it, the Bulls did everything right on Tuesday. They had all of their star players present and plastered Anthony’s photo and name all over the United Center. Despite that, it still appears that Carmelo returning to New York is the most likely scenario. At the very least, Rose and company have given Anthony a lot to think about.

Coach K expects Derrick Rose to try out for Team USA

derrick-rose1Derrick Rose has not played since he tore his meniscus in a Nov. 22 game against the Portland Trail Blazers, but the dynamic guard may not have to wait until the 2014-2015 NBA season to see live game action. During a recent podcast with ESPN’s Andy Katz, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said he expects Rose to be present in July when Team USA starts assembling its roster.

“We expect him to be there that last week of July when we’re choosing the team in Vegas,” Coach K said, via Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk. “He can’t make the team unless he’s ready to go full bore. And knowing Derrick I would think he’ll be ready, and hopefully he’ll be 100 percent.”

Back in March, Coach K said it would be the Chicago Bulls’ decision if Rose is going to participate in Team USA workouts. Judging by his latest comments, it sounds like Tom Thibodeau and company are in favor of Rose shaking the rust off at the FIBA World Cup.

Of course, Rose is hardly a lock to make the team. He was a key member of the 2010 US team that won the FIBA World Basketball Championship, but it would not be in the best interest of Coach K’s team or Rose for him to compete if he feels less than 100%. His health is the top concern.

Rose has credited playing for Team USA in 2010 as one of the reasons he played well enough to win an NBA MVP award in 2011. He has suffered two major knee injuries since then and appeared in 49 games since the 2011-2012 season. Rose could certainly use the reps if doctors say he’s good to go.

Coach K: Bulls will decide if Derrick Rose plays for Team USA

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose has had an incredibly difficult time remaining healthy over the past two years, so you would think international play would be out of the question for the Chicago Bulls superstar. Rose played in just 39 games during the 2011-2012 season, missed all of the 2012-2013 season and appeared in only 10 games this season. Despite that, Rose may play for Team USA.

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters on Thursday that it will ultimately be up to the Bulls if Rose competes in the FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer.

“We get information from all the clubs and we know that the most important thing for these guys is their health and what they’re doing with their parent teams,” Coach K said, via ESPNChicago.com. “And so our communication with the Bulls, or any organization, is straightforward and we’ll follow their guidelines.”

Rose tore his meniscus on Nov. 22 and has been ruled out for the season. Coach K is hopeful that playing in Spain will be part of the rehabilitation process for the 25-year-old.

“We’re all hoping that he’ll be part of the group that comes in there,” he said. “And then just because we haven’t seen him play to see how he’s doing. We’d never try to put him in harm’s way for his career. But if he’s ready, we’d welcome Derrick. Derrick’s one of the great guys, in addition to being an outstanding player. He’s a great team guy. And that’s why we want him part of USA Basketball.”

Rose said back in February that he is “all in” for Team USA if his leg is feeling healthy. He credits playing for Team USA as part of the reason he was able to win the NBA MVP award in 2011.

On one hand, the Bulls would like to see Rose get some live competition in given how little he has played over the past three years. On the other, they know how prone he is to serious injuries. Another knee injury could be devastating to his career.

Jeff Van Gundy hopes Derrick Rose’s son has better knees than Derrick

Derrick-Rose-sonDerrick Rose watched Sunday’s game between his Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks with his infant son PJ. Rose and his little boy were shown during ABC’s broadcast several times, and Jeff Van Gundy called him the “cutest little guy.” He also made a comment that Rose probably won’t find all that entertaining.

“I hope he has better knees than his dad,” Van Gundy said.

As you know, Rose is recovering from MCL surgery after missing the entire 2012-2013 season with a torn ACL. He has appeared in just 49 games over the last three seasons and still has a long road to recovery. Considering he is only 25 years old and was expected to be one of the best players in the NBA for years, the injuries are obviously a major concern.

Rose has been criticized by other NBA players for his injuries, so I’m sure it will go in one ear and out the other. Van Gundy has never really been one to filter himself, and I’m sure he didn’t have any ill intent when he made the comment. Still, it was kind of rough.

H/T The Big Lead

Report: Derrick Rose worried Bulls will go through rebuilding

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose believes he has more to worry about than just returning from his latest knee injury.

According to the New York Daily News’ Mitch Lawrence, Rose is concerned that the Chicago Bulls will let some of their top players walk in free agency, leading to a rebuilding process.

From Lawrence’s column:

Rose has told several confidantes that he is worried that the Bulls will start to let the team hit the skids by allowing key players to leave via free agency, forcing him to go through a rebuilding program that he wants no part of.

“Derrick is worried that the Bulls are going to lose what they have,” said a league source. “He doesn’t want to go through rebuilding.”

The Bulls stand to lose Luol Deng in free agency next summer, and they could lose Carlos Boozer after that. Rose has legitimate reasons to be concerned. But what would you do if you were in the Bulls’ position?

Until Rose comes back and is on the court consistently, would you spend extra money to keep the team together? Or would you wait to see what happens and then make moves? I don’t think you can count on them as a title contender this year or next, so it’s probably better for them to wait to make their big moves. Rose needs to have confidence that his front office will handle the situation well and keep fielding a competitive team. I think they will.

H/T Beyond the Buzzer