LAS VEGAS—Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement Thursday night regarding a report in the Chicago Sun-Times about a “rift” between Derrick Rose and the organization.
“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.”
In the Sun-Times story, Rose seemingly acknowledged that there was tension between his camp and the Bulls.
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While the former league MVP asserted that he assisted with the recruitment of new Bulls big man Pau Gasol during free agency, it was suggested that he wasn’t as enthusiastic about the potential addition of Carmelo Anthony, whom the franchise unsuccessfully attempted to woo to Chicago.
Furthermore, the point guard’s circle, which includes older brother Reggie Rose and agent B.J. Armstrong, were somewhat at odds with the organization, with the former Bulls championship-winning guard downplaying what he called “rumors.”
The report comes on the eve of USA Basketball’s intra-squad scrimmage Friday night at UNLV, following four days of Team USA training camp, during which Rose has received rave reviews.