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

Derrick Rose won’t recruit free agents to join him in Chicago

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose is a superstar and the face of the Chicago Bulls franchise, but don’t expect the former NBA MVP to actively recruit free agents to join him in Chicago.

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.

DeMarcus Cousins takes shot at Derrick Rose when asked about injury

DeMarcus-Cousins-Team-USASacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins sat out Tuesday night’s 97-95 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder while nursing an ankle injury. Derrick Rose had absolutely nothing to do with it, but that didn’t stop Cousins from taking a veiled swipe at the Chicago Bulls guard.

A reporter asked Cousins after the game if he would be ready to return when the Kings take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. He joked that he would be shutting it down for the season. And it would be tough to argue that he wasn’t taking a shot at D-Rose.

As most of you know, Rose missed the entire 2012-2013 season as he recovered from reconstructive knee surgery. While all that was going on, Adidas was running a comeback campaign to continue turning a profit. He did not return until this season, when he suffered yet another knee injury that required season-ending surgery.

Cousins, who has been on a no-handshake rampage early on this season, seems to be in a particularly sour mood lately.

H/T Rotoworld