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Rose playing recruiter

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derrick-rose-chicago.jpgDerrick Rose had always insisted that playing recruiter for top free agents was not in his make-up.
That changed for the Bulls All-Star point guard this offseason, when Rose admittedly went after Kirk Hinrich.
Head coach Tom Thibodeau not only appreciated that, but also said it was further evidence of the maturation Rose has taken.
"I think it's important,'' Thibodeau said of Rose reaching out like he did. "They've been friends for a long time. They have a lot of respect for each other. Derrick, his leadership, has really grown. He's gotten more comfortable. He's been here a long time now, so I think he felt it was the natural thing to do.''
It wasn't last season, when Rose insisted that he would not play recruiter when Dwight Howard was rumored to be on the Bulls' radar.
Stars recruiting stars has been a much-hyped trend as of late, but Thibodeau said it's been going on for a long time. Long before the Miami Heat made it popular.
"I think it's always been like that,'' Thibodeau said. "I think that's always been a big part of the NBA.''
As far as when Rose can start playing along side Hinrich, Bulls GM Gar Forman was a guest on ESPN 1000 Thursday, and reiterated that he felt Rose would be back at some point this season from his ACL surgery.
"He's doing great, and he's right on schedule," Forman said. "He's attacked this rehab and has been very focused, and we're really pleased with where he is right now.
"But it's a process and it's a long process. It's still too early to pinpoint an exact time when he'll be back, but everything as of right now is right on schedule, and he's doing terrific.''

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you got game waiting for another mvp

I'm a huge Bulls fan, and D. rose is a wonderful basketball player, but I have to call it as I see it. He messed up! Nobody likes to think of D. Rose as having a big ego, but this heinrich recruitment proves just that! When it came time to try and land a really big free agent (such as Lebron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh), D. Rose wanted nothing to do with the recruitment. He wanted nothing to do with Dwight Howard joining the Bulls either. Now that we're talking about a player that will never threaten D. Rose's reign as the Alpha Dog on the bulls, he's all in on the recruitment. It's time somebody called him out on this. If his ego wasn't so big, he would have reached out to 1 of miami's big 3 and helped bring a championship to chicago (heat been to finals both years they've been together and won 1)... A true shame that his ego cost us the ability to win championships for the next 5-6 years.

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