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Updated: November 2, 2013 10:40PM



PHILADELPHIA — Derrick Rose has enough to worry about these days.

His shooting stroke is still betraying him, his team is still trying to find its way at 1-2 after a 107-104 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday night and each day seems to bring a new area on his body in need of ice and tape.

So the idea of having to deal with speculation that he could be looking to leave the Bulls as soon as the end of next season because of unhappiness with the direction the franchise is headed, well, it brought a look of disgust and a shake of the head to Rose.

It was during ESPN’s debate show “First Take” in which co-host Stephen A. Smith not only put Rose in an awkward spot, but was inaccurate with his contract situation.

“What Derrick Rose’s brother, Reggie, said months ago, last season, I harken back to that now,” Smith said on the broadcast. “He was absolutely on the money. You can’t leave this situation the way that it is and expect the Chicago Bulls to reap results.

“And I’m going to make a prediction here, and I’m going to put the Chicago Bulls on notice, because I walked around that arena, talked to fans, talked to other reporters, talked to players – I’m here to tell you something right now – and it’s no insider information. It’s just my opinion based on what I know about this league. If the Chicago Bulls don’t go out and get a viable secondary-scoring option for Derrick Rose, somebody who can create their own shot when things break down, somebody that can add offensive punch to the Chicago Bulls, I’m telling you right now, you book it, Derrick Rose will leave the Chicago Bulls the second he can opt out of his contract after next season. He will leave. He will not stay. They have got to do something.’’

The first major problem with Smith’s assessment was the five-year extension Rose signed takes him through the 2016-17 season, and has no opt-out option. Rose wanted it that way when he signed it.

The second problem is it once again brings Rose’s brother/manager, Reggie, into the headlines because according to several sources, Bulls management saw Smith talking to Rose for “at least 15 minutes’’ before the game.

Reggie Rose was critical of the franchise last season, and Smith’s assessment only brought that back to life.

Not exactly what the Bulls need, especially after watching a 20-point lead disappear to Philadelphia.

As for Rose, he had his worst game of the young season, shooting just 4-for-15 for 13 points, but more alarming was the eight turnovers, with five coming in the fourth quarter.



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