HoopsHype Derrick Rose rumors

August 15, 2014 Updates

Marc J. Spears: While Coach K wouldn't reveal the starters,a source said Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, James Harden & Anthony Davis likely vs Brazil w/1 TBD. Twitter

August 14, 2014 Updates
August 6, 2014 Updates

Magic Johnson, Russell Westbrook, and Derrick Rose were among a group of NBA superstars set to travel to Israel to support a basketball team co-owned by Amare Stoudemire -- but TMZ Sports has learned the trip's been 86'd due to the Gaza conflict. Our sources in the Holy Land tell us the legion of NBA talent -- which also included Robin and Brook Lopez and Hall of Famer Chris Mullin -- was going to attend the opening of a new arena in Jerusalem on September 4. TMZ.com

August 5, 2014 Updates

The finalists include three Olympic gold medalists from 2012 - Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) and James Harden (Houston Rockets); three 2010 World Championship gold medalists – Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Durant and Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and the addition of Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets) to the 2014-16 USA National Team roster and to the list of finalists participating in Chicago. Plumlee began the Las Vegas training camp as a member of the 2014 USA Select Team. USA Basketball

August 4, 2014 Updates

Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said Sunday he is ready to "move on" after issuing a strong rebuke last week to a Chicago Sun-Times story that reported "tension" between point guard Derrick Rose and the team. Speaking Sunday to co-hosts Bruce Levine and Barry Rozner on WSCR-AM (670), Reinsdorf reiterated his disdain for the story. "The article infuriated me," Reinsdorf said. "I put out a statement and said what I felt I had to say." Chicago Tribune

After the report, Rose spoke to ESPN about the situation and was quick to shoot down any notion of ill feelings between the two sides. "Derrick backed up what I said in his interview," Reinsdorf said Sunday. "Now we just move on." Chicago Tribune

August 3, 2014 Updates

Yes, Team USA needs a point guard like Rose, but Rose also needs Team USA. Even with the injury to George serving as a cruel reminder of how one misstep can change the immediate future of a franchise, the risk for Rose appears to be worth the reward. “Just to see how he is moving, how he’s doing,’’ Bulls general manager Gar Forman said earlier of what he hoped to get out of the camp. “But he looks terrific. And he’s so strong. Defensively, it has been incredible to get after guys.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Forman then was asked if there was any reservation in having Rose participate. “No, not at all,” he said. “I think it’s a real positive that he gets an opportunity to do this and do it against the level of competition that he’s doing it against.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

August 1, 2014 Updates

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says there is no problem between himself and the organization after he acknowledged Thursday that there is lingering tension between some members of his inner-circle and members of the team's front office. "It's funny just hearing so many stories about what's going on, and they're coming out kind of out of nowhere," Rose said in an interview with ESPN prior to Team USA's scrimmage on Friday night. "It's funny to hear about them, but it's nothing that's going on. Everybody that came here -- [Bulls general manager] Gar [Forman], [Bulls executive vice president John Paxson] -- came here to show love and for someone to just write something or throw something out there that's not true, it's kind of like, 'What are you doing?' It's kind of like hatin' because so much positive [stuff] is going on and you want to write the one article and just try to stir up something. It's something we don't need, but at the same time it's the past, it's behind us and I talked to Jerry [Reinsdorf, Bulls owner) already, so I'm not worried about it." ESPN.com

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.” CSN Chicago

Durant's feelings summed up how many people around the Mendenhall Center felt about Rose -- he really has been that good as he continues to make his way back from a torn meniscus in his right knee. "I don't know how much more I can answer that one," Durant said. "How different I can answer, he looks great. I'm excited I get a chance to play with him on his first time back after last year." ESPN.com

July 31, 2014 Updates

Despite Rose confirming to the Sun-Times that there has been growing tension, Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf issued a strongly worded statement Thursday night disputing the idea of any problems. "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. 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." Chicago Sun-Times

And tensions hit a peak when Rose, who has a five-year, $94.8 million contract, seemed to blatantly resist helping build the roster in a new NBA where stars increasingly double as recruiters. The latest example was the Bulls’ pursuit of free agent Carmelo Anthony. Looking back, it’s clear Rose wasn’t all that interested in teaming with Anthony, who chose to return to the New York Knicks. Rose was much more aggressive in the Bulls’ pursuit of free agent Pau Gasol, not only asking for the veteran’s phone number, but giving a hard sell to the big man on joining the Bulls. Chicago Sun-Times

This wasn’t the first time the Bulls have had internal questions about the Rose camp and its agenda. The ‘Camp'. Rose has always lived by the motto “Everybody Eats.’’ As one former teammate pointed out recently, “Everybody’s eating, but there’s only one guy out there busting his ass.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

The two most obvious faces in the Rose Camp are his brother/manager, Reggie, and his agent, B.J. Armstrong. Reggie obviously did little to help his brother’s cause on Feb. 21, 2013, blasting the organization on the night of the trade deadline for its lack of movement. Never mind that Derrick Rose was still nursing a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, despite team doctors clearing him to return. It wasn’t the last time the organization would have problems with Reggie expressing his opinion. Then there’s Armstrong. The former Bulls guard and title winner worked for the organization under former general manager Jerry Krause. But when vice president of basketball operations John Paxson came in, Armstrong was demoted from his assistant GM post into a scouting position. Armstrong was completely out by 2005, reportedly unhappy with Paxson and the Bulls. The fact that Armstrong, who works for the Wasserman Media Group in Los Angeles, became Rose’s agent was an obvious concern for the Bulls. Chicago Sun-Times

“I know it’s been there,’’ Rose told the Sun-Times, acknowledging there has been growing tension between the organization and the Rose camp. “I heard there were some upset people. I’m happy I didn’t personally see it. I don’t want to see that. I kind of wonder where it was coming from because it seemed like whenever I was around, everything was all right. It bothered me because when I wasn’t around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn’t all right.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Whether ­Derrick Rose will make Team USA no longer is in question. Considering the damage he has inflicted on opposing guards ­during the first three days of tryouts, it’s more about when it will be made official. Rose all but did on Wednesday. Well, kind of. In discussing new Bulls teammate Pau Gasol, who was signed as a free agent earlier in the month, Rose mistakenly said, “I talked to [Gasol] before he signed and he said when we get to Spain [for next month’s FIBA Cup] that we’ll probably get something to eat, so I’ll probably catch up with him, get dinner or something.’’ Call it Rose already knowing something or just having flat-out confidence in his ability. Chicago Sun-Times

July 30, 2014 Updates

Sam Smith: Rose said he weighs 209 with 4-5% body fat; irony was four or five fat reporters were asking him questions at the time. Twitter @SamSmithHoops

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