The Underlined Selfishness of Derrick Rose

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When Derrick Rose decided to sit out the 2012-2013 season, the basketball world took a collective sigh that signaled more annoyance than sympathy. Slightly out of disappointment but mostly because of the torturous way Rose decided to draw things out.

It was the first real knock to his humble, nice-guy persona since pictures surfaced of him flashing gang signs in 2009.

For the most part, any uproar stayed beneath the surface. But now a new one is bubbling that could bring LeBron James-like heat if the Chicago Bulls don’t begin to win. And by win, I mean win it all — although it will be hard to do while he’s fighting through his Allen Iverson syndrome.

“I don’t recruit,” Rose told rappler.com, in a video last week. “If anyone wants to play with me, I don’t mind playing with, it could be anyone in the NBA, but as far as recruiting, I never did and never will.

Derrick Rose

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The Chicago native’s stubborn stance is nothing new. He famously refused to put in a call to James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh during their free agency frenzy. He denied the fans a shot at seeing a dynamic duo and he continues to. Even though he went on record with ESPNChicago.com about helping the Bulls snag Kirk Hinrich.

“Kirk is the first person I recruited,” Rose said last October.

“When you’re a hooper and you know someone on the court is going into a battle with you, and he’s not giving up if he knows you are going to keep battling and I’m someone that will keep fighting to the end, and he’s the same as you, so why not have him on the team?”

In other words, Rose is only willing to recruit players who won’t take the spotlight off of him. He wants to be the man who carries the team to victory — that lone star that lifts the city, a la Iverson in Philly.

There’s truly no other way to explain it. Because he knows that a Wade, James or even Kobe Bryant would go out every night and lay their lives on the line for a chance to win a championship. Yet he won’t go a few extra miles to make things happen.

In a way it’s admirable. Rose is taking the franchise’s pressure and putting it on his shoulders. Unfortunately, the same selfish pride only got Iverson to one NBA Finals with one game won.

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  • Adam

    This is a different case. Kirk most likely was his mentored and a person he looked up to since Kirk was the starting PG before Rose started. I was sad when they let Kirk go for nothing. but getting kirk back was the same as getting an old buddy/team mate back. Rose is not recruiting “stars” which are more of what people are saying Dwade did. Wade never played on the same team (NBA) until the heat. and all of the hoopla with the “decision” and the photos about missing someone else with the empty chair etc… to quote J. Noha “the heat are hollywood as hell”

  • courtney

    I totally disagree calling drose selfish. There is nothing wrong with him not wanting to recruit other star players. He believes he’s good enough to win without a stacked squad. The bulls have enough to contend they just need a little health.

  • spartacus275

    Please tell me where exactly in the statement below is Rose indicating that he only wants the spotlight on him. This is a terrible misrepresentation of the truth.

    “When you’re a hooper and you know someone on the court is going into a battle with you, and he’s not giving up if he knows you are going to keep battling and I’m someone that will keep fighting to the end, and he’s the same as you, so why not have him on the team?”
    Read more at http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2013/09/23/the-underlined-selfishness-of-derrick-rose/?ufsHEZfxf3OgWyO6.99

    • brooklyn2162

      The spotlight statement is obviously not just based on that quote. Try reading the paragraphs before and after it

  • Farva55

    You’re an idiot. Too bad such a great site allows you to write for it.

    • Rich Nurse

      I’m such an idiot that you’re reading my article….and taking the time to comment?

      You’re a brilliant one aren’t you….

      I appreciate the other comments, whether you agree or not

  • C-Money

    The difference is he recruited Kirk to play his own position while he was out..how do u think Luol Deng would feel if he heard Rose was chatting up LeBron to get him to play starting SF for the Bulls. It’s not about spotlight it’s about loyalty to teammates I believe.