Derrick Rose wants to be The Man’s Nick Friedell recently got to ask Derrick Rose various questions about his long-range jumper (it’s coming along), the Bulls’ personnel moves this summer (thumbs up), and what he thinks about new coach Tom Thibodeau (another thumbs up).

However, Rose’s most telling comments were in response to whether he actively wants to be the centerpiece of the franchise:

“Yeah, why wouldn’t I want to be. That’s the point of playing the game. That’s the greatest thing right now. I came to a team where they didn’t make the playoffs, not for a couple of years. No one was really interested in the Bulls like that in Chicago, not like [it was]. And I’m making it back exciting. I’m from Chicago, it would mean a lot if I would just bring back one championship there. Or even get past the first round, the city would go crazy. So for me to even bring that team back to like the old days, it would mean so much to this city.”

And: “Yeah, I want to be that guy. I want to be that guy that does that.”

And: “Yeah, I want to be that guy. I want to be the reason why the Bulls are back to what they were 10, 12 years ago or something like that.”

You know, one storyline that got lost in all the hoopla surrounding the Super Friends of South Beach was how the decisions of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James affected Rose. If, say, Wade or James had come to Chicago, the Bulls would have gone from being Derrick’s team to being Derrick’s and Dwyane’s/LeBron’s team. Or maybe even Dwyane’s or LeBron’s team outright.

And just like that, Rose might have gone from being Batman to Robin. From The Lone Ranger to Tonto. From Peanut Butter to Jelly. From Michael to Scottie.

I mean, everyone wants to talk about how “The Decision” (and the decisions) affected the career arcs of the Super Friends, but what about the career arc of Derrick Rose? He is now and indefinitely The Man in Chicago. The Bulls are unquestionably his team. All the pressure, the weight of expectations, it’s all on him.

I’m not saying that Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah aren’t big time backup. And I’m not saying the Bulls don’t have other nice complimentary pieces in Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson. I’m just saying that the burden of responsibility for the team’s success now rests squarely on Rose.

And he’s not running from it. He wants that responsibility.

That’s pretty cool, right?. After all, if this summer taught us anything, it’s that some superstars (coughLeBroncough) either don’t want that burden or will eventually decide it’s too much for them to take. Right now, the Bulls have a young, enthusiastic superstar-in-waiting who wants to bring greatness back to the city. His city.

That’s a rare thing. And it’s getting rarer every day.

76 Responses to Derrick Rose wants to be The Man

    hector July 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    I would agree with your statement, if the “greats” had the same issue that LeBron had… They did not at all, Savage, look at MAGIC, BIRD, JORDAN, they all had SUPERSTARS and HALL OF FAMERS playing with them… Joining other talent does not “disgrace” the game sir, everyone, in all sports do that. Heck, Magic, Bird, ETC did it, they did not join other talent, but other talent joined them. Did Jordan argue when the bulls got RODMAN?? No, Jordan would have never won anything if it wasn’t for Pippen… and plus, 7 years isn’t enough for you to be trying the same old same old in LeBrons case? ALL the greats with hall of famers surrounding them won it way before 7 years, Give the man a break… He is smart, and btw, he does not do it for the money, if that were the reason, he would have stayed in Cleveland as he would have made 15 million more…

    Again I say, SOUR GRAPES….

    Savage July 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    The difference is that those teams were made around the stars and Championships where not handed out they were earned it to Jordan more than 6 years to EARN his first. Your point that all teams that win Championships are talented is so obvious it need not be said. However, if you can not honestly see what the Greats like Jordan, Bird, Magic ect. did as opposed to what the players like LBJ are trying to do now then this discussion need to go no further and we will have to agree to disagree. To me and to many others it is very clear that what cowards like LBJ are doing is a disgrace to the league that the legends built. No matter how you feel I think you can see that most NBA experts will not put LBJ on the level of the legends of the past because he did not have the guts to compete with other stars regardless if they are your friends or not. To be it was a bitch move but like I said it appears that we will have to agree to disagree on this one.

    Savage July 22, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    sorry I meant it “took” Jordan…

    hector July 22, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    yes, we will have to agree to disagree…

    surgeboy312 July 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    i wish we could post pics…i would show y’all a tru city boy…wit the bulls logo on 1 arm an white sox logo on the other…wit that said rose is the truth an he will be better then wade this season or the next. the best pg in nba behind d.waillams but other than that the bulls will win a ring befor the heat. fk LBJ an CB….d wade is my dude. an yes melo needs to be in a bulls uni…

  6. shel July 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    I do not blame lebron james for leaving the cavs. His team mate was hitting his mom. If the cavs wanted him they would have gotten rid of west. The bulls have gotten much better, no doubt in that, but they were supposed to be good after they swept miami and I think they went 33-49 the next year. We still need another big man and another shooter. I also don’t blame lebron for going to play with his boys. If you have ever played ball before you know you want to play with your friends. he had an opportunity to do that and did. None of them took the max. they wanted to play together. On paper right now the bulls look much better than the heat. besides haslem and miller they have no one. Z could barely get off the bench with the cavs, howard is old and would not have really played if not for injury, and anthony could not really get off the bench for miami last year. they have three and thats about it. its a great three but you need real role players to win a title. Lakers do not win game 7 if not for artest. this year will be interesting. I just hope the bulls don’t choke.

    ray July 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    @rivers, you’re stupid, nobody’s hating on lebron, I’m tired of hearing that cliche, Everyone just does’nt like his personality,And I’m tired of hearing people, give him credit for sacrificing his game, I think he left cleveland to live a party life in miami, this guy is a joke, an hour special on ESPN with a million questions leading up to where he will go to shoot balls inside a hole. Welcome to Chicago buddy, where loyalty is installed in all of our sports heroes. DRose will lead us to another title. Guaranteed!!!!!!!!!!

    inkybreath July 23, 2010 at 12:13 am #

    As to the ‘questioning’ of LeBron, this board has been pretty consistent. There were A LOT of people who were not on board with LeBron joining the Bulls and some who were not so sure, to go along with those that were all for it. So, the hate you are seeing is not, “waaaa, we didn’t get LeBron…” it is just a continuation of what a lot of people have thought from the beginning of this off-season.

    Deal with it.

    And, deal with the fact that, although the Cavs owner spent some nasty, overboard words to say it … there was something odd about the way the Cavs lost in the playoffs this year. (Oh, snap, and was that final win against the Bulls in the playoffs a 2 point game, as well? Hmmmm.)

    So, have a blast with every team playing to the fullest against you and your wack bench – every single game. And, have fun when Bosh goes down with an injury and you have Juwan Howard and Dusty McBrick playing as your big men for a long stretch. 44 minutes a game for the Three Jamigos is going to be a bear, by the end of the season.

    I’m a Bulls lover, not a Hater.


    shel July 23, 2010 at 1:44 am #

    Lebron should have left the cavs. With all the rumors surrounding a certain player and his mom if they wanted to keep him get rid of that player. As long as he is on the roster LeBron would not be. He also wanted to play with his boys and I cant knock that. When I play I want to play with my friends too. Who doesnt. People need to get over that he was a free agent and could play for whomever he wanted. He chose mia. Now the team they have around him and wade and the small forward who claims to be a big man in bosh is questionable. Most of those guys they signed were bench warmers last year or played because of injury. Haslem and Miller are the only true players. Chalmers may be alright but I would take Watson over him any day. On paper the bulls look better than the heat. that’s why they play the game. I am a bulls fan for life but I just hope they dont choke like they did after they beat the heat in the playoffs. remember they went from 49-33 to 33-49.

    C-Lo_The_Great July 23, 2010 at 2:29 am #

    LMFAO dusty mcbrick thats funny im going to name my dog that
    @ hector the thing about lbj vs. h.o.fs is this: jordan larry magic eventually kobe timmy and mostly everybody else didnt abandon their team (even though some wanted to) and these players played with incredible talents because they were brought in through drafts and trades not bought and thats why people hate lebron and to a lesser extent chris bosh

  11. jazzy j July 23, 2010 at 2:32 am #

    Hector MJ lost the first 7 yrs.with the Bulls.
    He had the Balls and took the Bull-by -the-horns.
    Staying with his team winning 2(3-peats).
    So tell me who’s bull shitting who lbj COULDN’T STAND THE HEAT,

    JZ July 23, 2010 at 4:32 am #

    Exactly. Guys like ROse and Durant are true winners. They don;t quit on their teams like LEbron and Chris Paul. I give LEbron this he was a free agent at least but he was always out for LEbron, ne never cared about Cleveland. CHris Paul is a punktrying to force the Hornets to trade him. I hope the Hornets front office stays firm and does not trade him to the Knicks (who have NO VALUABLE PEICES AT ALL TO GIVE NEW ORLEANS) just to make Paul happy. Hornets need to make a trade of Paul to make New Orleans better, NOT to make Paul happy. And if Paul is not down with the Hornets ways then just tell the prima donna to shut up and sitout of the games, kind of like what the Bulls did to Larry Hughes before trading him (although yes lol Hughes is no star like Paul). Also by the time the 3some’s contract is up in Miami, they will be much older and Derrick Rose will only be like 25 yrs old and probably have a great 2nd star next to him then. Can you say Bulls dynasty in a few yrs.

  13. TexasBearsFan July 23, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    I’m not sold on the Heat winning “tons of championships” at all. They have no center and no bench at all. If Bosh or Wade ends up getting hurt (and it’s not like that’s never happened before) they’re going to have real trouble.

    hector July 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm #


    MY POINT IS THAT IF LBJ WAS A BULL TODAY< all OF YOU WOULD BE SUCKING HIS BALLS HAHAHAHA hypocrites and that argument no one can deny

    hector July 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    I will be LAUGHING at you JOKERS when ROSE decides to leave the bulls in 4 or 5 years…. it will happen…

    Savage July 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    Hector please take a step back and literally remove LBJ’s johnson from your mouth. He is a coward that quit on his team last year. A coward that calls himself king when he has never won a championship. Last year he realized he could not win one being the star of the team. He is the type of guy that looks a fool on the court by river dancing. Truth is he always has been and always will be and underachieving punk with little respect for the game. Now he is one of the most hated figures in sports and I think that is where he belongs. Cowards have no place in the hearts of true NBA fans.

    hector July 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

    Coward?? that is what annoys me of all you HATERS… insulting him by calling him names JUST because he did not choose your city. SAVAGE, I am not a fag like you, I don’t have his Johnson in my mouth.. I am sure you would though; if he were a BULL right now and you would be saying how great he is and kissing his ass, I GUARANTEE IT!! And you see that is what aggravates me, the hypocrisy that since he choose to come to MIAMI, he is a coward, but if he would have gone to the Bulls, oh no he is DA MAN!! hahahah pathetic, very very pathetic…

    hector July 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Matt Mchale, the writer of this so called “article” would be the first one sucking LeBron’s DICK if he were a bull right now, and all this bashing on LeBron would not happen by this MATT character. He would be writing about how good LeBron is and how he would mentor Rose and what a way to continue Jordan’s Legacy, bla bla bla… But no, in this day in age where you have SO CALLED writers (cough cough MATT MCHALE cough cough)writing an article just based on the fact that he is sour that a certain player (coughLeBroncough) did not join his team, now that is COWARDNESS at its best…. SUCK IT MATT

  19. TexasBearsFan July 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    You sure do love talking about LeBron’s dick an awful lot. Why don’t you go write a blog, if this one’s so terrible. Oh wait, that’s right, you’re an incoherent 17 year old who doesn’t know how to express himself other than by using foul language and calling people ‘fags’.

    Grow up, little man.

    hector July 23, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    texasbearsfan, for your information, Savage started with the JOHNSON talk… I never said it was a terrible blog…. It is just very wrong and hypocritical, that’s all…

    ray July 23, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    @hector, Shut Up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is this all you do, go on other teams sites to talk s***. I scroll down the whole page and your name is constanly poping up with stupid comments, go get a life man. please for the sake of yourself.

    Savage July 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    Thank you Ray. Hector the reason I keep messing with you is you just won’t shut up no matter how silly you sound. Look if you like the coward then cheer for him. However, you are going to have a hard time on this site finding anyone who likes coward players that quit on their teams. That is something you will have to deal with. And if you just can’t deal with it then go ahead and discuss it with your psychiatrist that your parents pay for you to see.

    inkybreath July 23, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    Guys, don’t interrupt Hector, as he tries to give us his hypocrisy & objectivity lesson.

    By the way, Hector, are you trying to ignore the fact that the media knowingly and purposefully with take any story slant to create some idea that there is new news?

    Do you think anyone here doesn’t understand how basketball talented LBJ is on the court?

    Do you think that a free agent that arranges a one-hour special with ESPN to announce his decision does not deserve extra scrutiny?

    Do you want to just keep filling in the blanks here on the uselessness of you needless ranting?

    I got off work early and I have the time, if you actually have a statement to make.

    Hector July 23, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    @inkybreath – I did not agree at all with the way he did it, the DECISION special, although I enjoyed it… But all your long boring questions are nice and all but still, you, savage, MATT the writer, and all the BULL fan know deep down inside that they would LOVE LeBron if he decided to join the Bulls. That is my point, and I still do not know why they call him a Coward?? Again, I guarantee you that you stick Rose in the CAVALIERS team for 7 years and he would have decided to leave…. nothing wrong with leaving, the way he left is the issue, that I admit…

    inkybreath July 23, 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    Hector, the problem with your language is that it is so absolute. Of course, we would applaud the benefits that LeBron would bring the team. But, that would not erase all the feelings that we have about him. I am serious, when I watched the playoffs end for him this past year, it left a weird sense. I was staring at him, with time left on the clock, thinking, “what the hell is he doing?” When you see a player of his caliber act that way on such a serious stage, it just sticks with you. Basically, he allowed the mental circumstances interrupt his game on the court and it showed. When you strive to be the best and arrive at that general place, you get nick-picked for everything. You are presenting a picture where we would forget all of this stuff and just gloat homer-style. I, personally, believe you are wrong. There is plenty of devil’s advocacy going on here. I am sure that “how would LeBron’s game affect Rose’s development” would be part of the conversation. We care a lot about that kid and for a lot of us, he matters more than anyone that could put on the Bulls uniform. You don’t appear to have any respect for that sense. Which means you haven’t been reading/listening. Which is why we are wondering how you keep coming up with all these suppositions of our predicted behavior. Turn off the ‘what if?’ machine and let’s deal with what we have.

  26. alilone July 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

    Lets see how he backs his words and performs next season. Its easy to say “wants to be a man” and back your words with action….

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