The Miami Heat were in town to take on the Chicago Bulls last night. This was a low-scoring game that was full of turnovers. Neither team could keep the ball handling under control. The Bulls had 27 turnovers, while the Heat tried to keep their turnovers to a slight minimum of 18. The Chicago Bulls only shot 37% (28/75) from the field, but allowed the Miami Heat to shoot 50.7% (37/73). Chicago struggled to score in the second and fourth quarter which of course resulted in a loss, especially since they were playing against one of the toughest teams in the East. Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer both led the team in scoring. Noah nearly had a triple-double with 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. Boozer finished with a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. But, their effort was not enough in their 86-67 loss.
Yeah, the Bulls lost. But, that’s not what everyone is talking about. Reggie Rose let off some steam about the Bulls’ front office. Scott Powers from ESPN Chicago wrote an article here about Reggie Rose’s displeasure with the Bulls organization.
“It’s frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and not put anything around him.” – Reggie Rose
Reggie goes on to accuse the Bulls of possibly wanting Derrick to return for financial purposes and not for a championship. He’s frustrated with the little movement the Bulls have done before the trade deadline. The Chicago Bulls know that they’ll eventually have to make serious moves to get over the hump aka the Miami Heat. But, now isn’t the right time. There weren’t many, if any, trade-worthy prospects to make any moves this year. Especially with the hard cap and paying a luxury tax, the Bulls didn’t really have much of a choice. Of course no one wants Derrick to rush back knowing his long term health is most important. The Bulls VP, John Paxson, stated that Derrick never expressed the same ill-will towards the Bulls like his brother, Reggie. Reggie also told the media that he was NOT speaking for his brother and that these were his own thoughts.
Maybe Reggie Rose was just saying what Bulls fans were already thinking. But, it may not have been his place to speak to the media about his own personal frustrations. There’s a time and place for everything and this sort of issue could have been discussed privately with the front office. Or Reggie could have simply stayed out of it and just allow Derrick Rose to handle his own business like the grown man that he is. After Reggie’s revelation, Derrick attempted to clear the air, stating, “I have always felt that the Bulls organization’s goals have been the same as mine and that is to bring another championship to the city.” Now, hopefully this issue is resolved and doesn’t grow into a rumor swirling problem. Derrick seems content and will return when he’s ready. The Chicago Bulls are fully supporting Rose and will not rush him to return. And hopefully, Reggie will keep his mouth shut.
“Reggie Rose, shut the hell up!” -Charles Barkley