On the same day vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said the Chicago Bulls like to stay out of commenting on rumors surrounding the team, owner Jerry Reinsdorf went as far as to release a statement after seeing a report from the Chicago Sun Times suggesting a "rift" between the team and former MVP Derrick Rose.
“I am confounded by the irresponsible report in the Chicago Sun-Times suggesting there is anything approaching discord or confusion between the Bulls executive office, coaching staff, and Derrick Rose or any other Bulls player. To the contrary, I can remember no time when the organization has been any more focused, optimistic, and cohesive,” Reinsdorf wrote. “I've got to assume suggestions otherwise are intended to undermine the goals and objectives, spirit, and reputation of the Chicago Bulls. I am deeply disappointed that unnamed sources and totally inaccurate statements and assumptions can be used to foment nonexistent friction. The report is totally without basis or fact. It is pure malicious fiction.”
But is the Sun Times story truly a false report? All of that was discussed on Friday's edition of the Kap and Haugh Show.
"You look at the Bulls' summer, and it began with talk about dysfunction between the front office and Tom Thibodeau," David Haugh said. "And now we're to the point you get through the free agency and Derrick Rose in the Sun Times acknowledged the tension that everyone pretty much knew was there. Since the time he was cleared to come back from his first injury, the time the Bulls medically said he can get back on the court and that got out, and he sat out the rest of the season, I think that that tension has existed.
"Even though he came back last year, there's still since his brother spoke out that the Bulls weren't doing enough, there were awkward times. It wasn't tenable, it wasn't necessarily always uncomfortable, but it was there and he acknowledged it and I thought that was the crux of that story."
See what else was said on Kap and Haugh in the video above.