Derrick Rose isn't focused on recruiting Carmelo to Chicago
JUN 30, 2014 2:06p ET
Reports surfaced Sunday that 'Melo intends to meet with Chicago this week, after opting out of his contract with the New York Knicks recently. The star forward reportedly will talk to other teams, too, and could still return to The Big Apple, of course.
But if the Bulls are expecting Rose -- their current, injury-prone star -- to help in the pursuit of Anthony, apparently they should think again.
In an interview with Yahoo Sports on Sunday, Rose said he has no intention of playing the role of recruiter for 'Melo or anyone else who might be interested and available. Per Yahoo:
Rose's reason is simple: He said it's "not my job."
"My thing is if they want to come, they can come," Rose said.
Sounds kinda cold (and potentially even short-sighted?), but Rose went on to explain to Yahoo that he respects Carmelo and knows they could play on the same team just fine:
"I love Melo's game," Rose said. "He's a great player. Takes the game serious. He's consistent. He shoots the ball great. I love his heart.
"I can play with anybody, no matter who it is. I believe I can play with anyone if they step on the court with me."
In the interview, it sounds like Rose is less concerned with which star free agent his team can land and more interested in getting healthy himself. He averaged almost 22 points a game in 2011-12, the last season before his first major knee injury. Since then, Rose has had one more serious knee surgery, and he's played in just 10 games over the past two years.
But Rose told Yahoo that he is focused on his rehab. He's been participating in five-on-five scrimmages for a month and a half, and he says he is sure that he'll be ready to play at opening tip of the Bulls' 2014-15 season.
"For sure. That's not a concern," Rose told Yahoo. "I'm on a mission. I'm just trying to get better. I'm taking it day by day. I'm getting the best out of every day."