Just the other day, it seemed that Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony were on the way to becoming the next dynamic duo, returning the glory days to the Chicago Bulls. All of the sudden, Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks offer Melo a max contract and the Los Angeles Lakers followed suit. Chicago became a quick afterthought, a mere smear on the wall.
As NBA Free Agency continues to fill every headline across all sources of information, even talks of LeBron James joining the Windy City and Michael Jordan’s legacy has been dispersed. Whether it is a concern over Rose’s knees, the idea of extra-curricular business ventures, or just the contract size, the Bulls appear to no longer be in the bidding to pair their star point guard with another league giant.
I’m sure that money is playing a factor in Anthony’s decision, but I’m positive there are other factors as well. Rose’s health is always a concern and those questionable knees must always way in the back of anyone’s mind. What about the shadow of Jordan? What about having to follow possibly The best basketball player of all-time, in a city known to cherish basketball?
That is quite the weight to burden, but I must give credit to the Chicago fans who have backed the team through the last two seasons without Rose. Playing for the team that Jordan won six titles with is not easy, especially when you brought in to win multiple titles yourself. It’s not just the money weighing down the Bulls’ chances, but all these other little details as well. I’m sure when I wake up one day this week, Chicago will be at the forefront of the free agent market. As for now, the Bulls look dead in the water.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.