SI's Lee Jenkins talks Bulls, Rose on CTL

SI's Lee Jenkins talks Bulls, Rose on CTL

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
8:40 PM

Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins called into Chicago Tribune Live Tuesday evening to discuss his recent feature on Derrick Rose.

On Derrick Rose's transformation into a superstar:

"I did an interview with him a couple years ago and it was 45 minutes and I spent 35 of them talking to myself. So this time around, you could tell he's really come out of his shell a lot. He's still very unassuming, especially by current NBA superstar's standards, but compared to where he was, he's a lot more confident and you can see some of those leadership qualities starting to surface. And that might be part of the next frontier for him."
On the perception of the Bulls around the NBA:

"I think people are starting to take them seriously as a contender. It's sort of been a slow build here. I don't think people really felt that way until just recently. That Rose is capable of doing for them what all the elite players--the Kobe Bryants, the LeBron James'--are capable of doing for their teams. And just being around them a little. They play so hard, and they play so well together. A couple of players were saying--veteran guys--that they've never been on a team or seen a team where everybody had a more defined role. Everybody knows exactly when they're going in...Tom Thibodeau's done just an incredible job with the defense for one, but also with letting these guys get comfortable and play their games. To me, I think they're a real sleeper. I still feel they might be a piece away, but they way they play, they really could make some noise.

Check out the video for more.

Wake-up Call: Rose returning to Chicago?; Willson Contreras takes over; State of Cubs-Cards

Wake-up Call: Rose returning to Chicago?; Willson Contreras takes over; State of Cubs-Cards

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Thursday: 

Is #TheReturn getting a reboot? Report says there's a possibility Derrick Rose comes back to Bulls

This is becoming Willson Contreras' team, whether or not Cubs add Alex Avila or another veteran catcher

Bears training camp preview: 3 burning questions for tight ends

Why Blackhawks fans might want to tap the brakes on Alex DeBrincat

That escalated quickly: Cubs just a game back of Brewers, could be in first place as soon as this weekend

Ping-pong balls everywhere: Where do the Bulls rank among projected lottery teams?

Joe Maddon's prime-time message: 'Help or die'

Report: Derrick Rose is considering teaming up with LeBron James, Cavs

Cubs Talk Podcast: State of Cubs-Cardinals rivalry and what lies ahead

Why Adam Engel came up with his unique batting stance, and how he's tweaked it since

Playing with the enemy: Chicago athletes who teamed up with rivals

Playing with the enemy: Chicago athletes who teamed up with rivals

Chicago's chosen son may soon play with the enemy. 

According to reports on Thursday, Derrick Rose is in talks to join LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal. 

That is indeed hard to imagine, considering the former MVP has spent years battling James for supremacy in the Eastern Conference. But leaving the Windy City to join a rival team isn't a new concept. 

In fact, a few Chicago superstar athletes have done it before: 

-- Chris Chelios, Blackhawks to Red Wings

One of the best defenseman in hockey, Chelios was traded to the Detroit Red Wings after nine productive seasons in Chicago. He hoisted a Stanley Cup not long after and finished his 10-year Red Wings career with 152 points and a plus-158. 

-- Julius Peppers, Bears to Packers

After becoming a cap casualty with the Bears, Peppers chose greener pastures in Wisconsin. The defensive end signed with the Green Bay Packers, where he's tallied 25 sacks in three seasons. 

-- Dexter Fowler, Cubs to Cardinals

Well, at least he won a ring here. Fowler's surprise return to the North Side in 2016 helped boost the Cubs to their first World Series trophy in 108 years, but after winning, the center fielder rightly opted for the money. He signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal in St. Louis last offseason. 

Watch the video above as Siera Santos and Kelly Crull relive the heartbreak.