Rose debuts shoe; considering move overseas?

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Rose debuts shoe; considering move overseas?

For a man technically without a job right now, Derrick Rose has been a busy man over the past few days. Thursday, adidas launched the campaign for his second signature shoe, the adiZero Rose 2, with a commercial, "The Bull," filmed in Madrid, Spain, this summer. You can watch the commercial below.

"The adiZero Rose 2 is built for my speed so you better want to be fast if you wear this shoe," Rose said in a press release. "It's stable and light so it plays great on the court, but it's also really clean so you can rock it and look real nice off the court. I felt like a gladiator when I laced them up to film 'The Bull,' and I hope everybody likes how we show my new shoes to the world."

The shoe will be released Oct. 6. This latest announcement from Rose follows his dedication of the renovated Murray Park, the playground where he grew up playing basketball in the South Side community of Englewood.

Tuesday, the league MVP returned to his old stomping grounds, equipped with substantial contributions from two companies he endorses, Powerade and Wilson, and held a youth skills clinic for students from his Randolph Elementary School, one of his alma maters. There, he made waves by opining about the ongoing NBA lockout and revealing that, like many of his peers, he's considering playing on foreign soil.

"Just coming back here, I know it means a lot not only to me but the community," Rose told reporters. "If I was younger, I think it'd be cool for a guy who made it before me came back to show he appreciates us and didn't forget about us. Every day, every time I play, they're the reason I play, this neighborhood right here. This court is what brings everyone together. People have picnics, barbecues up here. It means a lot to this neighborhood.

"This is only the base," he continued. "You never know in a couple of years -- not only me, but what some other people can do for this neighborhood. I'm looking to change it. People look at Englewood as a bad neighborhood. But it's everything to us."

Rose also commented on the ongoing lockout and the possibility that he could play overseas. The Chicago Tribune reported that Rose has one concrete offer from a foreign team, while sources close to him say he is receiving interest from several others.

"Yes, I am taking into consideration that I might move overseas," said the youngest MVP in NBA history, still only 22. "I don't know where. There are a lot of great places overseas. I haven't really had time to get the details of every place.

"It's kind of weird knowing that I don't have a job right now," he added. "I haven't felt this way from high school. It's all positive, though. I'm hoping the season starts no matter when. Hopefully, I don't have to go overseas.

"I do miss talking to the people at the Bulls organization, my coaching staff. I miss that. But it's not stressful or anything. I'm not panicking. I'm taking my time."

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Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

New teammates, new changes put Jimmy Butler at ease

New teammates, new changes put Jimmy Butler at ease

The earrings were gleaming from Jimmy Butler’s ears, as he was his usual-disarming self with a playful smile and wink during his question-and-answer session with the Chicago media.

At a point, he took a deep breath as he looked around the Advocate Center with some of his new teammates walking around, some of whom had to carry nameplates because they weren’t recognizable faces in this new setting.

And because new faces are in town, it means two things: some faces left town and for Butler’s sake, the new ones will only know him as “Jimmy Butler, All-Star”, not the guy who was a late first-round pick, not the player who couldn’t get off the bench.

Butler didn’t bring up his comfort level, but when asked, he didn’t deny things appear to be a bit easier this time around.

“Does it make me feel more comfortable? I mean, to an extent, yeah, because then you can never say how you may have think that I’ve changed,” Butler said.

Butler’s ascension rubbed some the wrong way last season, and it’s been spoken about ad nauseam, whether it was true or not. But the moment of honesty wasn’t so much a shot at Derrick Rose or Joakim Noah, who departed for the Knicks in various forms; however it was an admission to his level of security, one that perhaps can lead to a more peaceful existence with all the core pieces.

The one way he’s always lead and will always speak to, is by example and work ethic. It’s one that turned him into an All-Star and Olympian.

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“I think everybody that’s on this roster now just knows how hard that I’ve worked to get to this spot that I’m at,” Butler said. “They’ve seen it. They’ve witnessed it. All they’ve been around for me is this point of my career. I don’t know if it sounds bad. But I think that all these guys look at, ‘If Jimmy works like that and if I work like that, I’ll be in the same position that he’s in.’ I’ll be more than happy to let you have that position because I think hard work can get you anywhere that you want to get to.”

So with that, Butler volunteered himself to Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, to be the sacrificial lamb of wrath if need be. Easy to say if he doesn’t actually believe Hoiberg is capable of going from nice guy to madman at a moment’s notice but Butler laid it out for the record.

“I told Fred, ‘As much as you can, use me as an example. I want you to really get on my tail about every little thing.’,” Butler said. “Because if Doug or Tony or whoever it may be is watching coach talk to me like that, it’s going to be like, ‘If he can talk to Jimmy like that, I know he’s going to come at me a certain way.’ That’s what I try to remind him every day. I think he’s ready for that. I’m a player. I’m coachable like everybody else. I want that. I need that.”

The additions of Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo add championship receipts to a locker room that needs it, considering the Bulls want to play their young pieces. Wade and Rondo, the Bulls privately believe, will help Butler deal with everything that comes with a new role of leadership — and by proxy, Butler’s relationship and expectations of Hoiberg.

“He was put in a position last year he wasn't familiar with and I think we'll see growth from it,” Bulls general manager Gar Forman said. “The great thing about Jimmy is you know he comes in each and every day and gives 100 percent. He gets better every year and I think we'll continue to see that growth in his game and him as a person. I think that experience with USA basketball was real positive for him.”

Whether the trio lives up to the “Three Alphas” nickname remains to be seen, but after having a locker room with too many low-pitched voices, perhaps the change in pace — any change in pace — will be a welcome one for Butler.

“The Alpha thing, I think we’ll be just fine. Everybody is going to have something to say,” he said. “As long as everybody is listening and is willing to take some criticism if you’re doing something wrong, just like if you’re doing something right I’m going to tell you, there’s good and bad in everything you do. At the end of the day, as long as we win games, it won’t matter.”

Bulls' Jimmy Butler wants tough coaching from Fred Hoiberg this season

Bulls' Jimmy Butler wants tough coaching from Fred Hoiberg this season

 

Much was made of the Jimmy Butler-Fred Hoiberg dynamic last year.

As the duo head into Year 2 together with a very different Bulls roster, Jimmy Butler was very clear about one thing he wants out of his coach this season.

“I told Fred, ‘As much as you can, use me as an example,’” Butler said during the team’s media day on Monday. “I want you to really get on my tail about every little thing because if Doug (McDermott) or Tony (Snell) or whoever it may be, if watching coach talk to me like that he’s going to be like ‘If he can talk to Jimmy like that I know he’s going to come at me a certain way.’ So that’s what I try to remind him everyday. I think he’s ready for that. I’m a player. I’m coachable like everybody else, but I want that. I need that.”

Butler’s show of confidence in his coach didn’t stop at his belief that Hoiberg could follow through on Butler’s desire to be coached hard. The All-Star believes Hoiberg has improved as a coach heading into his second year on the job.

“It was his first year last year and I think he studied himself and us and the way we were up and down in so many areas of the game last year,” Butler said. “He’s trying to correct it. That’s just like anybody going into the offseason. He didn’t just not work. He studied and got better at what he needed to get better at. I think he’s ready moving forward.”