Oct 18, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose dribbles against the Indiana Pacers guard George Hill at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose says Indiana Pacers are not a rival

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.

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  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    Go Bulls! And contrary to what others may say or think, D. Rose is on point relative 2the rivalry..that is, the days of Indiana and Reggie and The Bulls with MJ–now that was a dog fight of a rivalry, huh, What!

  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    Reggie Miller v. Michael “MJ” Jordan…now that was a “Rivalry of Pit bulls” going at it and neither would let go…great B-Ball for the history books!