Forget the 25 days of Christmas, it’s 25 days until Derrick Rose. After a post-season run by the baby Bulls and a LONG drawn out NBA lockout, Chicago fans are eagerly awaiting to hear, “Too big, too fast, too strong, too good!” as Rose blows past defenders.
It’s the best Christmas present Bulls fans could have wished for – Derrick Rose in all his glory. Now Comcast Sportsnet can stop playing “Classic” Bulls games from the Jordan era to fill airtime. Don’t get me wrong, I loved those golden years, Paxson tore it up against the Suns in game 6 of the 1993 NBA finals (from what I remember), but I also like living in the present and Rose, Noah, Deng, and Boozer are the real deal.
After this season, Rose’s rookie contract will be up and sources stated Wednesday that negotiations for Rose’s extended contract are the Bulls “top priority” during this post-lockout shortened free-agency period. No official offers can be made or contracts signed until Dec. 9 according to NBA regulations, however we all know D-Rose will be getting one hefty (more like massive mammoth) salary raise.
There is also a new piece of the puzzle, the new rule is being called “The Derrick Rose Rule” around the league. ESPN Chicago explains, this new rule rewards rookie players of Rose’s caliber finishing their first contract to make 30 percent of a team’s salary cap, this increased from 25 percent. The requirements to be an eligible rookie are: All-Star starter twice, made two All-NBA teams, or won an MVP award (I guess it’s not a requirement to be the youngest player to do so). I hope this rule is being implemented because the league is foreshadowing other players like Rose, and I hope they all come to Chicago, and I hope one of them is a shooting guard (wishful thinking).
Bottom line: The NBA is back, Rose is going to dunk nasty style and start making ridiculous cash money. I’m starting my countdown tomorrow, 25 days and counting 🙂