Rose issues statement regarding brother's comments

Rose issues statement regarding brother's comments
February 21, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Following his older brother Reggie Rose’s comments to ESPNChicago.com about the Bulls’ decision to stand pat at the NBA trade deadline, Derrick Rose released a statement through the team Thursday evening.

“I have always felt that the Bulls organization’s goals have been the same as mine and that is to bring another championship to this city,” he said.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau also addressed the elder Rose’s comments, prior to his team’s matchup with the defending-champion Heat at the United Center.

“Obviously Reggie and Derrick are very close. We share the same concerns about Derrick’s health, so that’s not anything new. So, it’s not a big deal and Reggie’s entitled to his own opinion,” he said. “To me, it’s not a big deal. We all want the same things. We all want Derrick’s health and obviously we’re trying to pursue winning a championship, so we share that in common and that’s his opinion. He speaks for himself. Not a big deal.

“Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, so not a big deal. Just move on,” the coach continued. “I’m not going to get wrapped up. The only thing I’m going to say is we’re all sharing the same concern. We want Derrick’s health—that’s paramount—and we’re trying to win as many games as we can, and we’re trying to pursue a championship. We share that in common. I’m going to leave it at that.”

Reggie Rose expressed frustration about the Bulls not making any trades to upgrade the team’s current roster.

"What have you pieced together? Have you made any moves? Have you made any trades to get better? You know all roads to the championship lead through Miami," he said. “What pieces have you put together for the physical playoffs?..It's frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him.”

Bulls general manager Gar Forman said, “I haven’t heard Derrick say anything like that.”

"Everyone is expecting Derrick to come back," the elder Rose added. "If Derrick comes back, they're going to sell more tickets. Is the reason for Derrick to come back to win a championship or make money? Right now, I don't believe a championship. Everything in the NBA is financial."

“We can't give a timetable on it," he continued, when asked about his younger brother’s ongoing recovery from a torn ACL. "It's up to Derrick. ... It's a possibility [he could miss the season]. It's about Derrick's career. If he plays in the first game and aggravates the injury, what are they going to say about him coming back too soon?

"This isn't a quick decision. This is a career decision. It's not about just making the playoffs. It's about my little brother's career. He has to be ready physically and mentally. I want him to be in a position not to fail and let everyone down."