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

Derrick Rose will have surgery for torn MCL on Monday

Derrick RoseThe bad news for Derrick Rose is that his torn MCL will likely knock him out for the rest of the season. The good news is that unlike his ACL injury, he can have surgery right away and begin his rehab process quicker.

Rose will have surgery on his right knee Monday. The Chicago Bulls’ team doctor who performed his ACL surgery will also perform this one.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the length of time Rose misses will not be known until the operation. The possibilities for the surgery are an arthroscopic procedure, which would have him back sooner, or a procedure to reattach the meniscus, which would take him out for the season.

Rose’s camp, no surprise, is leaning toward having the meniscus reattached.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says Rose is in good spirits and already talking about his rehab.

“We of course feel very badly for Derrick. I talked to him at length (Saturday) night. He’s in good spirits, about as well as can be expected under the circumstances. And he’s already thinking about his rehab. Typical Derrick, he’s concerned about his team, his teammates,” Thibodeau said Sunday.

If Rose’s season is over, he will have played in 49 games over the past three seasons. Rose was the No. 1 overall pick in 2008 and won NBA MVP in 2010-2011.

Derrick Rose reportedly has torn meniscus, will need surgery

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee when he injured it during the Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Rose’s knee appeared to give out when he made a cut after having the ball stolen from him, and he later needed to be helped to the locker room. He was seen leaving the arena on crutches after the game and had an MRI on Saturday.

According to Johnson, Rose’s latest knee injury will require surgery and keep him out indefinitely. He will return to Chicago for the surgery in the near future, and the team will determine how long he will be out after it has been completed.

I don’t know if we can say Bulls fans’ worst fears have been realized, but it is pretty close. Rose missed the entire 2012-2013 season while recovering from a torn ACL in his life knee. As someone whose game relies on thrashing to the hoop, the 25-year-old has to be concerned about having surgery on both of his knees after being in the NBA for just five seasons.

Derrick Rose leaves game with right knee injury (Video)

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose left Friday night’s Chicago Bulls-Portland Trail Blazers game with a right knee injury, leaving Bulls fans in a state of panic.

Rose’s knee appeared to give out after he made a cut. He went to the bench before being helped to the locker room. Bulls reporter K.C. Johnson says Rose did not put any weight on his leg as he was helped off.

Here’s a photo of Rose being helped to the locker room:

The Bulls later announced that Rose had a right knee injury and that he would not return to the game. The torn ACL injury Rose has come back from was in his left knee, so this injury is to his other knee.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau expressed concern over Rose after the game.

“He has pain and he said he feels like he can’t push off it. I’m concerned. Anytime anyone goes down you’re concerned. I don’t want to speculate.”

Thibodeau also said Rose will have an MRI on his right knee on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Here is the former league MVP leaving the arena on crutches:

Video via BeyondtheBuzzer

Derrick Rose hits game-winning shot against Knicks, Spike Lee reacts accordingly (Video)

Derrick Rose is officially back. The Chicago Bulls point guard, who missed the entire 2012-2013 season while recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, hit the game-winning shot to give his team an 82-81 win over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.

Rose dribbled toward the baseline and hit an impressive floater over two defenders, leaving just 5.7 seconds on the clock. He was 7-for-23 from the floor and is a miserable 11-for-38 through two games, but at least he found the bottom of the net with the game on the line. While the game-winner was impressive, the best part had to be Spike Lee’s reaction.


Take it easy, Spike. There’s still 80 games left in the regular season. As far as Rose is concerned, this was a much better welcome back moment than the one Norris Cole gave him in the season opener.

Norris Cole ruins Derrick Rose on crossover dribble (Video)

Norris Cole Derrick RoseDerrick Rose’s return to NBA action didn’t go as well as he hoped. The Miami Heat went on a massive 17-0 second quarter run against Rose’s Chicago Bulls on opening night Tuesday, and the former MVP even got embarrassed by Norris Cole, who shook him with a sick ankle-breaking crossover.

Now that is why Rose waited several extra months before returning to game action. He had to make sure his knees would be able to withstand getting wrong-footed like that.

Here’s the crossover in GIF form via @cjzero:

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