Reggie Rose Rumors
He’s Rose’s brother/manager, Reggie, who sits courtside and became very vocal during the 104-97 win over Toronto on Monday night, several times yelling “Reverse the [bleeping] ball!’’ during offensive sets in which baby brother was on the floor. Not that Reggie Rose is a stranger to interfering with Bulls business by any means, appointing himself general manager back in 2013, and ripping the front office for a lack of player movement at the trade deadline. He’d been pretty quiet since then, but … “I honestly have no idea that stuff is going on,’’ Hoiberg told the Sun-Times Wednesday night. “We’ve got enough things to worry about in the course of a game. I didn’t even know [Reggie Rose] sat there, to be honest with you. So I don’t pay attention to stuff like that.’’
Rose was fine with it, according to Hoiberg. As far as the theory that Reggie Rose’s “sideline advice’’ could mean that Derrick was starting to tune Hoiberg out, that was quickly dismissed by the coach. “No, not at all,’’ Hoiberg said, when asked if that was a concern. “Derrick had been great. When I had that talk with him [Tuesday] morning, the reserves had it going, and he said, ‘Coach, you don’t have to explain anything to me, I understand.’ He said, ‘It would have been stupid of you to change the lineup late in the game the way it was going.’ So, again, he’s been awesome. He’s been such an easy kid to coach.’’
Nick Friedell: Rose: “I know where I’m going to be in a couple of weeks. I know where I’m going to be at the end. It’s just that ya’ll are going to be surprised to see me there. It’s just going to take time.”
“His thing is wanting to be the same,” Rose’s brother, Reggie, says. Reggie finishes lunch and drives away, eventually making his way east on West 63rd Street. Thirteen years older, his domineering presence kept Derrick from being picked apart by the Gangster Disciples who controlled their neighborhood, then the parasitic runners and gatekeeping NCAA officials who controlled the avenues and mechanisms of escape. Nothing, not drug dealers or money-hungry basketball pimps or amateurism-guarding schoolmarms, would keep his brother stuck in Englewood. Traffic is thin as he crosses Halsted Street, with Kennedy-King College looking modern and alien at the intersection. Everything else is plywood and blight.
“You know what?” Reggie says, turning thoughtful, surrounded by reminders of his past. He thinks about Derrick, and how three years ago, his then-22-year-old brother was innocent and unafraid, the most valuable player in the NBA. “He knows that he will never get back to that,” Reggie says.
That’s the admission everyone has been digging for, but that’s not what he means: The new Derrick Rose is explosive and aggressive, but he’s coming back like Eve came back from the apple, mining intellectual and emotional depths he couldn’t have imagined when he first hurt his knee. He’s different now, for sure, maybe for better, maybe for worse. The old Derrick Rose is a casualty of the two injuries and the knowledge that came with them. “He’s gone,” Reggie says, and he sounds a little melancholy.
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.