Looks like Derrick Rose’s big brother/mentor/manager Reggie has got himself a big mouth. On Thursday afternoon Reggie told Scott Powers of ESPNChicago.com that the Bulls organization hasn’t done enough to build a team around Derrick and that their lack of attack to the trade deadline may very well cause DRose to sit out the whole season. In one interview it seems as though Reggie was able to completely insult the current Bulls roster as well as tarnish his brothers reputation.
“It’s frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him,” Reggie Rose said.
Well Reggie, it’s frustrating to listen to you trash talk Derrick’s team. Reggie said those were his words and not his brothers, but we know he’s a big influence over his little bro.
Aside from Luol Deng and Joakim Noah, who Reggie singled out as great players, big brother threw the rest of the team under the bus. I’m wondering if shoot-around before the Heat game was a little awkward?
Derrick came out later and said that his personal goals as well as the organization’s goals remain the same – bringing an NBA title to Chicago outside of the Jordan era.
Any Bulls fan would have embraced a big move before the trade deadline. What basketball fan wouldn’t want another superstar on the team? We want to be able to defeat Maimi in a seven game series, BUT basketball is a business and there’s more to it that getting what you want dear Reggie. There are rules with salary caps and luxury taxes. Unfortunately, the Bulls weren’t in a position where they could make a move that would be worth it. No one wants Boozer’s contract and J.J. Redick had potential to be really expensive later on. Also, the Lakers this season have proven that sometimes even a superstar studded roster can’t get the job done (sorry Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard).
Charles Barkley shared his thoughts during the halftime show on TNT Thursday night, ““His brother needs to shut the hell up, number one,” Barkley said. “Listen man, I’m going to make one of the rules, when I’m king of the world — which is never gonna happen — hey man, we don’t care about your mom, your dad, your brothers and sisters. Stop tweeting. As Herm Edwards would say, ‘Don’t push send.’ Nobody cares what you think. If a reporter calls you, he wants you to say something bad about somebody else, so don’t be a damn idiot. Stop tweeting about coaches and players and stuff. Let the famous person be famous. You just shut the hell up.” He then proceeded to pass the spotlight to Ernie Johnson will saying “My bad.”
I know it was a rant, but I have to agree with Mr. Barkley. Last time I checked Reggie Rose isn’t the Bulls franchise player. He’s not a previous NBA MVP. Actually, he’s just an average guy from Englewood who has an unbelievably talented brother. I get it, Reggie has spent his life protecting Derrick and making sure he made it to the big leagues safe and sound. Family comes first always, but sometimes you need to know when to keep your trap shut.
I’m going to keep believing Derrick Rose will return to the court when he knows he’s ready and the only person who can decide that is Rose himself. I think the rest of us, including Reggie, need to just shut up and wait it out. I’ve got my patient pants on over here.