It’s no secret that Derrick Rose is uncomfortable recruiting another superstar – or superstars – to join him on the Bulls in his quest for an NBA championship.
But in an interview with ESPN
, Chicago native and Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade says that eventually the 23-year-old superstar may have no other choice but to seek out additional fire power to reach his ultimate goal.
“This league is very good and you're not going to win it alone," Wade said. "So when you've had a very good team like Derrick has had, you don't need to recruit, but when you've hit rough stages and injuries hit and all these things, and you have a year like we had where we won 15 games (in 2007-08), and now we've got to rebuild back, it becomes a little different. Hopefully, he doesn't have to experience that, but things change.”
After Miami's lean years, teaming up with LeBron James and Chris Bosh has taken Wade to two consecutive Finals appearances and his second NBA championship this past June.
Rose has said on many occasions that he's a basketball player and not a recruiter, but former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy opined recently
that losing is enough to make players view things differently, including jumping ship to another team.
Derrick has steadfastly maintained that he isn't leaving Chicago, and for now, he's confident in the Bulls' chances of winning a championship based largely on his own ability and desire to win.
Once Rose returns to form, Wade fully expects Chicago to ascend back to one of the NBA's elite teams and he's ready for the challanege of trying to fend them off.
“The Chicago Bulls is a very good team," Wade said. "With Derrick Rose healthy (they're) one of the best teams in the league year after year. So with him healthy, yeah, you know they're going to be right in the mix. We look forward to that though. We take the challenge and hopefully we can meet up again. I thought last year when we met up in the playoffs, even though we won in five games, it was a lot closer than that and it was a very good series for basketball fans.”