CHICAGO — Derrick Rose has made a name for himself as the quiet superstar in Chicago. But he is making waves with his latest comments, blasting the NBA owners as the cause of the lockout which has cancelled the first two weeks of the season and seriously threatens to halt production until after Christmas.
“It’s very sad, but everybody knows it’s not our fault,” Rose said Saturday. “If it was up to us we’d be out there playing. I think that is wrong and I know they could easily take care of it.”
Rose has been a humble symbol of hope for the Bulls who are restoring the roar of the 90′s, a decade which saw them dominate the NBA and become a brand in of its self.
Rose taking sides and letting the world know about it is a sign of just how bad the lockout is. When the guy who can’t even take a compliment starts to open his mouth, you know things are getting bad.
Earlier this month Rose made it public knowledge that he will heavily consider transferring overseas if the lockout cuts serious time out of the season. With two weeks gone so far and potentially many more to come, the idea of Rose playing overseas is becoming more and more a likely reality.
Even though he wants to suit up for the Bulls this season, the lockout has no doubt been one of the most frustrating experiences of Rose’s short career. When his shooting was atrocious, he was able to correct it himself, but with the lockout, improvement and progress is out of his hands.
“They (the owners) aren’t thinking about anything that we’re saying,” he said. “They’re not taking into consideration (anything) that we’re trying to give them. We’re just going to have to see how it goes.”
Rose led the Bulls to their first solid season since the late 90′s, making the Bulls a relevant threat again in the NBA. Chicago led the NBA in wins with 62 and made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals where they were bounced by the Big 3 and the Miami Heat.
But as fun as the previous year was, Rose wasn’t satisfied at all with the results. He was frustrated the Bulls couldn’t close out against the Heat and capitalize on a season that saw the MVP and Coach of the Year come out of the Windy City.
But what Rose says is even more frustrated and agonizing is not being able to build on the success of last year due to, as he put it, poor ownership throughout the NBA.
“We had a great year last year and for us not to have a season this year or taking so long to come up with a deal I think that is wrong,” he said.
Proof this lockout is reaching a boiling point of ridiculous is seen in the fact that it is starting to crack the ever humble and quiet Derrick Rose.