Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has only been back from injury for a handful of preseason games, but he’s already making waves – both on and off the court. Rose, who has looked fantastic in his return, twice against the Indiana Pacers likely created some non-needed bulletin board material for the Pacers after he suggested that they’re not a rival of the Bulls:
“People say that it’s a rivalry, but I don’t really see it,” Rose said before scoring 32 points in the team’s 103-98 win against the Pacers. “I say the team that is more like a rivalry is when Darren Collison was on the team. That one was more like a rivalry, but this team is a great team. They’ve already proven themselves last year by making it to the Eastern Conference finals.
“If anything, by probably in a year or two, it could become a rival. But right now, people say it’s a rival. … I just don’t see it right now.”
Darren Collison? Darren Collison? Rose attempted to clarify his statements, suggesting that the addition of ‘new players’ created the lack of a rivalry because, before, the Pacers had an established roster.
For what it’s worth, Rose suggested that the Miami Heat are the Chicago Bulls’ biggest rival.