On Thursday, Derrick Rose and Tom Thibodeau both spoke on the recent comments made by Reggie Rose which were critical of Bulls' management.
Derrick Rose isn’t the type of player that has his name involved in controversy. In fact, you’d have to go back pretty far to remember the last time Rose was involved in some sort of newsworthy scandal.
But on Thursday D. Rose found himself smack in the middle of something he had nothing to do with. Reggie, Derrick’s older brother and the most visible of his three siblings, lambasted the Chicago Bulls front office in an interview proclaiming the team hasn’t done enough to surround his brother with championship caliber talent.
"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.”
No matter who’s been on the roster alongside him, Derrick Rose has always maintained that those guys were good enough for him to win with. The comments made by his brother put Derrick in an awkward position and to clear the air, he put out this statement via the Bulls:
“I have always felt that the Bulls organization’s goals have been the same as mine and that is to bring another championship to this city.”
Tom Thibodeau was asked about the comments made by the elder Rose during his pre-game presser prior to the Bulls tip-off with the Miami Heat and had this to say:
"Obviously, Reggie and Derrick are very close and we share the same concerns about Derrick's health. So that's not anything new. It's not a big deal and Reggie is entitled to his opinion. We all want the same things.We want Derrick to be healthy and obviously, we're trying to pursue a championship, so we share that in common. But [the comments] are his opinion and he speaks for himself. It's not a big deal."
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