Derrick Rose: Is He to Blame for LeBron James Not Signing with Chicago?

Jeff HicksCorrespondent IJuly 19, 2010

CHICAGO - APRIL 22: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls waits for a free-throw against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 22, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Cavaliers 108-106. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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In case you have been living under a rock, LeBron James did not choose the Chicago Bulls. Even more so, Derrick Rose, according to James, never contacted him over the phone in an attempt to persuade him to come to the Chicago Bulls.

This is just a small clip of what Yahoo! Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski wrote about in his latest column. In case you have not read it, the address will be included in this article.

Yeah, it appears Rose did not do his "job" as well as the press and Rose have claimed. Rose claims he texted back and forth with the former "King" of Cleveland, so that is a plus, right?

A bigger question is whether or not fans should care.

Do you blame Rose for not in essence getting James to Chicago? Do you praise him for saying "This is my team?"

If you say, yes, blaming Rose, you can stop reading now.

Derrick Rose, it is about time we heard some spoken leadership (allegedly)!

The hometown boy should be praised for taking the reins and wanting to be the unquestioned leader of the Bulls. Yes, he is a quiet force on the court. Yes, he looks tired all the time. If he basically shunned James to be the man the Bulls were looking for in the new member of the Heat, you cannot help but stand up and clap.

With all these reports and rumors exposing what is being seen as Lebron's immature side, having D-Rose step up to the plate in a truly pivotal moment in franchise history speaks volume to his character.

It also shows that if LeBron did not want to be the man (like he has made clear), he still could have come to Chicago and won now without exposing his bad traits.

Thank you, LeBron James, for saving Chicago all of the future headaches. And thank you, Derrick Rose, for continuing to blossom into the cornerstone the team and fans continue to hope for.

 

Here is the address to Wojnarowski's top notch article:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-heatfreeagency071610