The namesake speaks. And he has some words of wisdom for the Bulls. From the Trib, here’s what Scottie Pippen had to say about Derrick Rose:
“He’s a very exciting player who I love watching play because he plays a lot bigger than his size and doesn’t mind mixing it up. I just think you have to put some players around him or he’s going to sort of fade away.
As good as he is, you can beat a dead horse only so much. If he’s not motivated here by winning as his career continues, then he’s going to start looking at guys like Ben Gordon who made a move.
Playing this game is a lot of fun. But the meat-and-potatoes of this league is winning. If you’re not on a team that’s winning, it takes a lot out of you as a player.”
I think Pippen is right to an extent. We saw a similar scenario with Elton Brand. People criticized Krause for that trade, but there was no way Elton Brand was going to re-sign with the Bulls because they were awful at the time. He had to be traded. Krause knew that. The results of that deal weren’t stellar, but the trade had to go down.
Rose’s Chicago roots should factor into this. Should he decide to leave via free agency he might be persona non grata, at least initially. And unlike Gordon, the Bulls will do everything in their power to keep him here. I would be shocked if the Bulls did not land one of the big 2010 free agents to join Rose. They should make the playoffs again next season.
But Pip’s message is simple: DRose is a superstar. Now make sure you do absolutely everything you can to make him happy.