I Don't Wanna Talk About the Bulls Vol. 4
I'm a lifelong Bulls fan, and I had mixed emotions after learning that we traded Derrick Rose to a basketball team in New York recently.
Business wise it makes perfect sense because he would have most likely left next summer in free agency; personally, that's Pooh...day 1 Bull and you hate to see him go. I've been a fan of Rose since he was at Memphis, so you could imagine how ecstatic I was when that 1.8% chance at getting the 1st overall pick materialized into Derrick Rose for us.
I watched him win rookie of the year, then MVP a few seasons later. Our team wasn't good enough to get pass LeBron led CLE/MIA teams, and GarPax wasn't competent enough to get him real help, so we never got a chance to see Rose shine for the chip. The string of injuries started in 2012 with the torn ACL, and trended upward with a torn meniscus and a host of other injuries keeping him sidelined throughout the rest of his time here.
He came back time and time again, even started to look GOOD after All Star break this past season; ultimately the writing was on the wall and the time to build around Rose passed us by. Entering the last season of his contract, he's traded for Noah's replacement (Robin Lopez), Jerian Grant (who I've been a fan of since college), and a 43-year-old extra from "Narcos" (Jose Calderon).
As I stated earlier, I understand it makes sense to trade him instead of possibly getting nothing in return if he was to leave in free agency; but it should have never came to this point. The hometown kid who gave his blood, sweat, and tears for the team shouldn't be the one leaving while the lazy front office remains.
In the end...
I had no desire to watch his press conference with that New York team because I couldn't stomach it; but I did catch a clip from it. He was asked why he got traded and answered, "I don't know why I was traded, but I would like to tell them thank you." I get it. I'd thank an organization for moving me instead of wasting even more of my time too. Also for making it clear that you're moving in a different direction instead of leading me on. I'm not mad at Derrick Rose AT ALL.
I always wish Rose the best, I still absolutely think he can flat out ball, and it hurt reading that he was gone; but I'm over the trade now. It's gonna hurt more to root against him when we play the team who calls Madison Square Garden home, but my love lies more in the name on the front of the jersey than the back of it.
This might be the last time I don't wanna talk about the Bulls. I'm excited for the future, but GarPax is still here...so yea this might not be the last time.