Derrick Rose: 'I Never Did or Never Will' Recruit Players to Chicago Bulls
The youngest MVP in NBA history, Rose has the type of resume that speaks for itself. He's averaged at least 20.8 points, 6.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds in three of the four seasons that he's played, becoming an All-Star fixture in the process.
Given the buddy-buddy relationships shared by some of the game's biggest stars today, fans around the league are gearing up for their cornerstone pieces to start shopping for more building blocks. The 2014 free-agent crop should be stacked, but could even be historically great if players like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant go searching for a new franchise.
While Rose wouldn't mind any extra support that could get his Bulls over the championship hump, he told Rappler Sports that he's not going to actively seek out players to join his cause.
If a trace of arrogance escapes from his comments, it wouldn't be the first time his confidence has caused a stir this summer. Earlier this offseason Rose told CNN's Pedro Pinto that he feels he is the best player in the NBA right now.
You don't have to agree with his assessments of himself or the importance of recruiting in today's game, but it's hard to argue with his approach.
A healthy Rose is a scary prospect for any opponent, the back-to-back champion Miami Heat included. Although a torn ACL cost him his entire 2012-13 campaign, expectations are back at their highest as the Bulls star prepares for the 2013-14 season.
If Rose's body is right, his game will do all of the recruiting that his mouth won't.
For any championship hopefuls searching for a home next summer, it'll be hard to top a spot alongside this superstar.
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