Derrick Rose Brings Up 2017 Free Agency, Unsolicited
Nobody likes talking about money, especially professional athletes, lest they want to sound greedy or selfish or distracted from their primary task of winning championships. Contract negotiations, other people's contract negotiations, future contract negotiations; whatever it is, athletes typically leave that stuff behind closed doors because they have little to gain by discussing it publicly. Derrick Rose, however -- a man who once reportedly chose to save his body and abstain from his team's playoff run despite reports he was physically ready to go -- doesn't seem to mind acknowledging there is stuff he's concerned about more than wins and losses. Stuff like his health after basketball. Stuff like his son's financial well-being. Stuff like 2017 free agency.
The honesty is refreshing, sure, but saying you're "preparing" for free agency two years from now can't be something Bulls fans like hearing. It makes him sound like he doesn't really care about winning basketball games.
"This whole summer I had tunnel vision," Rose said to a reporter's question about his preparation for the current season. "My mindset was just making sure that I was working out every day and spending as much time as possible with my son...making sure my family is financially stable as far as you see all the money that they're passing out now in this league -- just telling the truth -- just knowing my day will be coming up soon and it's not for me, it's for PJ's future so that's what I'm thinking about right now."
Rose continued when a reporter asked whether he was implying that he was excited about the free agency process or insinuating that his future wasn't in Chicago.
"It's here," Rose said. "But when you talk about that much money you've got to prepare for it."
"We're comfortable, but when you talk about 'X' amount of dollars, everybody's eyebrows raise."
Not to take anything away from someone who works to provide for their children -- that's the point of work, right? But solipsistic answers like this (combined with his history of putting his earning potential ahead of his team's success) make Derrick Rose seem like the kind of guy who enjoys swimming in a pool of gold coins.
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