Derrick Rose says recruiting not a part of repertoire
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter December 5, 2013 10:48PM
Updated: January 7, 2014 6:49AM
It would seem that two season-ending knee injuries since 2012 would change a player.
Then again, Derrick Rose has a history of marching to his own drum.
Meeting with the media for the first time since his right knee was surgically repaired, Rose was confident he would stay the same, almost bordering on defiant, from his style of play to the fact that even if the roster is broken up after this season, he still won’t recruit other free agents to join him in Chicago.
It’s a stance Rose always has maintained, and one that could be a detriment to the Bulls building an elite team.
“I don’t think so,’’ Rose said when asked if he would start looking for help from another superstar to lighten his load.
“I don’t think I will ever recruit.
‘‘If you’re a hooper and you know as a basketball player if you can play with someone, I don’t think it’s a problem with just coming to a team. . . . I’ll play with anyone. And I think I can play with anyone. But I’ll never recruit.’’
Rose finally admitted why he refuses to play pickup basketball in the summer, even with all the time he has lost with his knee problems.
“I never play in the offseason, and I think I never will,’’ Rose said. “I just don’t like people looking at my game.
‘‘I think that’s when you see players’ tendencies, and I don’t want anyone to see my tendencies, so that’s why I don’t ever play pickup.’’
The Bulls weren’t the only franchise saddened by Rose’s injury. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said it hurts the entire league.
“It was tough,’’ Spoelstra said. “It was difficult to see, even from a competitor’s standpoint.
‘‘They’re one of our fiercest competitors, and you don’t want to see anyone go down in this league. I think that speaks for all players and staff. He’s too good for this league, too good for competition.’’