For the second consecutive season, the Chicago Bulls are playing without Derrick Rose who is sitting on the sidelines with a screwed up knee. Last season it was his ACL that kept him out and this year was ended prematurely by a torn meniscus. But while the Bulls are concerned about Rose, the same is true about the star point guard’s feelings about his team’s future.
In his column today in the New York Daily News, Mitch Lawrence reports that Rose told some of his confidants that he’s concerned with the Bulls future and the idea that the team’s window for a championship may be closing. This isn’t breaking news as the Bulls core group of players are hanging on by a thread, both in terms of their health and in terms of their contract status with the team.
Lawrence writes that Rose is worried about the impending free agency of players like Loul Deng and others who could be with other teams next season.
“Derrick is worried that the Bulls are going to lose what they have,” said a league source. “He doesn’t want to go through rebuilding.”
Now, Rose isn’t asking for a trade and he isn’t saying any of this publicly as he’s never been that type of player. But the fears he reportedly has about the team are ones fans have had ever since Rose tore his ACL in April 2012. Luol Deng could be gone, Joakim Noah’s contact will up soon, Carlos Boozer may still be amnestied and Chicago’s bench hasn’t been what The Bench Mob was back in 2011. If the gutting of that Bench Mob was painful for the Bulls, watching players like Deng, Boozer and others leave will be devastating.
Rebuilding looks to be a real option for the Bulls and while Rose is still a very young player, he’s wise beyond his years and waiting even longer for a championship run he tasted just two years ago is obviously not an attractive idea to the former MVP.