K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune writes that Derrick Rose — like many other NBA players — may consider playing overseas because of the lockout.
Said Rose: “Yes, I am taking into consideration that I might move overseas. I don’t know where. There are a lot of great places overseas. I haven’t really had time to get the details of every place.”
Johnson added that Rose has a “concrete offer” from at least one unnamed foreign team and inquiries from several others. A source close to Rose says that these opportunities will be pursued only if the lockout lingers on indefinitely.
To me, it already feels like the lockout has lingered on indefinitely. Derrick seems to be feeling the same way.
Added Rose: “It’s kind of weird knowing that I don’t have a job right now. I haven’t felt this way from high school. It’s all positive, though. I’m hoping the season starts no matter when. Hopefully, I don’t have to go overseas.
“I do miss talking to the people at the Bulls organization, my coaching staff. I miss that. But it’s not stressful or anything. I’m not panicking. I’m taking my time.”
ESPNChicago’s Chris Silva covered this subject as well, adding the following not-very-optimistic quote from Rose:
“Right now, it’s looking pretty tough, but to me I think the lockout is unnecessary. There’s no reason why billionaires and millionaires should be arguing about money. There’s other things in this world that we should be arguing about, but money shouldn’t be the problem.”
If only that was the case.