The Van Gundy brothers have had some choice words regarding the Bulls this summer. It started off with Jeff Van Gundy’s prediction that Chicago would miss the playoffs this year and since then former head coach of the Orlando Magic, Stan Van Gundy, decided to weigh in on Derrick Rose’s future with the Chicago Bulls.
According to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, this is what he had to say:
“(Rose has) got good players around him, very good players around him, but if (the Bulls) can’t get another star there for him is he eventually going to look around and say, ‘Hey, I’ve got to work this out on my own and I’ve got to find somehow to get somewhere else so that I will have a chance to play with another star.’ The league has changed.
Here’s the thing. When you compare the situations of Dwight Howard and Lebron James to that of Chicago’s former MVP in practical terms, there are two key differences:
A) Derrick Rose signed a five-year contract, while Lebron and Howard only signed three-year deals with their former teams.
B) Chicago is the third-largest market in the NBA and should realistically be a desirable location for players to sign.
And then there’s the fact that Derrick Rose is Derrick Rose. He’s known as one of the most loyal, humble guys in basketball. However, all of that needs to taken with a grain of salt. It may be hard to consider the idea that our home-grown golden boy could be a liar, but circumstances change over the years and as time passes, the elusive “window” tightens up.
While Rose has been quoted saying that he’d never leave the Bulls, Lebron James’ broken promises to Cleveland are a steadfast reminder that things don’t always turn out the way that they’re supposed to. Still, the idea of Rose inking a deal with a team dawning anything other than the red, white and black seems shocking. And no, he’ll never be a Raptor.
While the mediocre oblivion that the Bulls are headed into may suggest otherwise, their long-term future has a much better look to it. Nikola Mirotic, who is probably the best young player in Europe, should be heading across the Atlantic in about two years… which will be right in time for Chicago to cash in on the Charlotte Bobcats obvious lottery pick somewhere in between 2014 to 2016. Not to mention, the Bulls have the most important positions in basketball locked in with a superstar and future all-star for the next five years.
While I am in no way endorsing management’s latest “two-year plan” or Jerry Reinsdorf’s penny-pinching ways, the future isn’t nearly dim enough to advocate talking about a loyal superstar leaving a huge market before his extension has even kicked in. It’s been an off-season full of doom and gloom, but things aren’t nearly as bad as they could be.