The Chicago Bulls weren’t expected to make a deal at this season’s trade deadline. The reality of not having any salary cap flexibility, combined with not having any tradable assets made pulling off a trade a difficult proposition this year.
But that didn’t stop Reggie Rose, the older brother of Derrick Rose, from ripping management’s inactivity and their seeming unwillingness to build a contender around his superstar sibling.
"What have you pieced together? Have you made any moves? Have you made any trades to get better? You know all roads to the championship lead through Miami. What pieces have you put together for the physical playoffs?” asked Reggie Rose in an interview with ESPN Chicago.
The elder Rose said his comments were his own and that he wasn’t speaking on behalf of his younger brother.
"Joakim Noah is a great player. Luol Deng is a great player. But you need more than that. You have to put together pieces to your main piece. The players can only do so much. It's up to the organization to make them better. It's frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him.”
Reggie Rose said the team was aware that Derrick could miss the entire season, but kept fan optimism for his return up in an attempt to continue to sell tickets.
"Everyone is expecting Derrick to come back," Reggie Rose said. "If Derrick comes back, they're going to sell more tickets. Is the reason for Derrick to come back to win a championship or make money? Right now, I don't believe it’s a championship. Everything in the NBA is financial."
I can honestly say that the statements offered by Reggie Rose are similar to the various complaints I’ve heard about the Bulls front office and their inability to pair D. Rose with a second superstar, and their desire to make money over going all out to win another NBA Championship.
It’s likely that Derrick won’t publicly address the comments made by his outspoken older brother, but it makes you wonder if behind the scenes, D. Rose actually feels the same way, even if he'd never openly admit to it.
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