2. Trouble on the Homefront
There was a time when Derrick Rose was the Chicago Bulls. The Chicago native was the number one overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, won Rookie of the Year in 2009, and became the youngest MVP in league history in 2011. People in Chicago felt that Rose was the chosen one, the guy to lead the Bulls to multiple titles just like Michael Jordan. Boy, what a difference four years make.
Rose is now saddled with a new young coach (Fred Hoiberg) who thinks he plays too slow and a shooting guard (Jimmy Butler) who he apparently doesn’t get along with and who was just given a big extension. His only comrade from those young Bulls teams, Joakim Noah, has been benched and seems to be on the outs as well, all leading to one conclusion–Derrick Rose will not be a Chicago Bull for much longer.
First reported by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the break up between Rose and the Bulls is already under way and while it is unknown how long it will take, the Chi-Town’s hometown hero will be gone in the near future. Does that mean Rose will be on the trade block this February? What teams would even be interested in the often injured Rose? We will start to get some of those answers as the season goes on. For now, appreciate Rose on the Bulls while it lasts.