Chicago Bulls: How a Bad Draft Pick Led to Derrick Rose

Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIApril 6, 2012

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Chicago Bulls fans are worried about Derrick Rose's health and hoping he's back soon, but if the organization didn't botch a draft pick a few years BR (Before Rose), they would have a lot more to worry about.

Even though they made a poor decision at the time, that decision changed the face of the franchise and the future of the organization moving forward. 

Sometimes, the bad thing that happens today turns into a boon for the future. You just didn't realize it then.

Think of 1979 and the miserable season the Bulls had, putting them in position for the first pick in the draft. They were in the mix with the LA Lakers, who received the pick as compensation for Gale Goodrich.

At stake was Magic Johnson to the winner. Naturally, the Bulls lost the flip and ended up with David Greenwood. We all know how well that turned out for LA, but it turned out even better for Chicago.   

If the Bulls ended up with Magic, there wouldn't be a Michael Jordan statue outside the United Center because they never would have been in position to draft him in 1984 with Johnson on the team.

Even though it was terrible news at the time, it turned out for the best.

"And now, for the rest of the story," as famed media legend Paul Harvey used to say. 

In the 2006 NBA draft, the Chicago Bulls selected LaMarcus Aldridge with the second pick. They ended up trading him for the rights to Tyrus Thomas, who was selected fourth, and Viktor Khyrapa.

Kryrapa ended up being crappa, and Thomas didn't turn out much better, along with being a locker room cancer.

Aldridge, on the other hand, has turned into an All-Star and is one of the best power forwards in the game.

He would have looked nice on the Bulls at the time instead of Thomas.

A possible reason the Bulls didn't draft him was because he was freaked out by head coach Scott Skiles. He mentioned during a pre-draft dinner that Skiles was just staring at him and not saying anything. Skiles steely demeanor might have been the reason the Bulls decided to pass on Aldridge.

Did anyone today think they would be thanking Skiles for anything?

If the Bulls ended up with Aldridge, Chicago's own son, Derrick Rose, would still be a huge star but not for his hometown team.

When the Bulls missed the playoffs in 2007-08 season, it was a godsend. Most people think making the playoffs is always a good thing, if only for the experience you gain from it. But would you rather the team make the playoffs with no chance to win anything or take your odds on the ping pong ball?

The Bulls had only a 1.7 percent chance to win, but that's better than the one out of 176 million chance to win the power ball last week. Guess whose ball popped up?

That never would have happened with Aldridge on the team. So a bad trade turns into a good omen for the Bulls.  

And it gets better.

The Bulls got tired of his act and shipped Thomas to the Charlotte Bobcats, who currently have the NBA's worst record at a putrid 7-45.

The Bulls are still a ways from getting the Bobcats' pick, but in 2016, it's unrestricted, which means it could be the first pick in the draft.

Something once thought of as bad keeps on giving. Wouldn't it be nice if the Bulls get lucky and end up with another player the magnitude of Rose?

It might not always be obvious from the start, but good things come to those who wait.