On the court, Thomas was everything we Bulls fans hope Rose can become. He was a 12-time All-Star, made numerous All-NBA teams and won two NBA championships.
However, since his playing days, he has been a mess. His failures with the Toronto Raptors, Continental Basketball Association, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks and most recently at Florida International University have been well documented. He also had an alleged drug overdose in 2008 and was part of a sexual harassment lawsuit in 2006 (from ESPN, as reported by the Associated Press).
Let's not forget that even though he is from Chicago, he was part of the "Bad Boy" Detroit Pistons and had a pretty serious rivalry with Michael Jordan.
So why would Thomas want to reach out to the injured Rose?
Thomas told Powers it is all about being a Chicagoan.
The best thing I can say to him is all of us Chicagoans, we have a never-say-die attitude. We come on hard times, and injuries don’t stop us. Guys who come through Chicago, all of us have won championships. I’ve won two. (Mark) Aguirre won. Eddie Johnson has won. Darrell Walker has won. Doc Rivers has won. Antoine has won. We pride ourselves on not only playing well and leaving our mark on the NBA, but also winning championships in the NBA. We’ve all left our mark in the NBA. We expect Derrick to leave his mark in the NBA, too.
Why no love for Michael Finley? He won in 2007 with the San Antonio Spurs and grew up minutes from where Thomas did.
If Thomas—the former NBA player—wants to talk to Rose, I have no problem with it. However, I'm not sure if this is truly an unselfish act and that Thomas doesn't have any ulterior motive.
Thomas is currently unemployed and he is looking for a job. From ESPNChicago:
I definitely want to be in basketball again whether it be coaching or as a general manager. My gift is basketball. I would love working with the kids. If it's the right college program, I would consider it. If it's the right GM job or coaching job in the NBA, I would consider it. I love the game. I just want to be in the game.
Could he be eyeing his hometown team?
The best way to get his foot in the door would be to befriend the franchise player. Do you see where my worry is coming from now?
Thomas never had to rehab from any sort of injury like Rose does now. He did have a reputation for playing through injuries and rarely missed a game until later in his career. During his 13-year career, he played in 72-plus games 11 times.
In all honestly, there is nothing the Bulls can do to stop the two from talking. With that being said, if I were John Paxson, Gar Foreman or Tom Thibodeau, I think I'd keep a watchful eye on the situation.
What do you think, Bulls fans? Are you OK with Zeke talking to D-Rose? Sound off below.