On Thursday, Rose reiterated his stance that he won’t recruit free agents to join him on the Bulls. Instead, he will let players choose to sign with the Bulls on their own.
“I don’t think I will ever recruit,” Rose said Thursday via the Chicago Sun-Times.
“If you’re a hooper and you know as a basketball player if you can play with someone, I don’t think it’s a problem with just coming to a team. . . . I’ll play with anyone. And I think I can play with anyone. But I’ll never recruit.”
Rose has long felt this way. Back in the summer of 2010 when the Miami Heat super team formed, Rose insisted he wasn’t going to recruit players to join him. While the Heat stars have recruited additional pieces like Ray Allen, Rose has stood back and let GM Gar Forman do the work.
As a fan, you would think that Rose would be willing and eager to do anything within his power to make the team better, so it seems curious that he won’t recruit. But maybe he just doesn’t feel comfortable in that role, maybe he doesn’t feel like it’s part of his job, or maybe he feels that players shouldn’t need to be convinced by him to join the team.
It certainly seems odd that he won’t recruit players to Chicago, but we should probably recognize he has good reasons for not wanting to do it.