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While Derrick Rose is only 22 years-old, he has displayed a high maturity level and dedication to leading the Chicago Bulls.
Adding a veteran player like Hamilton or Smith would likely only hold Rose back as he continues to become a more vocal leader in the locker room and on the court in the 2010-11 season and moving forward.
Back in the late 80's, the Bulls had to make an unpopular move in order to give Michael Jordan free reign in the locker room: trading Charles Oakley to the N.Y. Knicks for Bill Cartwright. Jordan, who was close with Oakley (in the same sense that Rose is close with Joakim Noah), was infuriated by the move, but then the Bulls picked up two talented forwards in the 1987 Draft in the form of Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant.
Jordan was definitely became the alpha male on the team, and the franchise never looked back.
Now, obviously, this does not mean that the Bulls should trade the injured Noah. But perhaps they should consider not bringing in a bunch of older guys onto the team with big egos--- who have already had a taste of individual success.
Derrick Rose does not seem like the type to push a teammate around for having bad habits on and off the court. But he will definitely be the guy in charge in that huddle without a guy like Rip Hamilton there. And J.R. Smith could potentially take the ball right out of Rose's hands whenever he is on the court.