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Derrick Rose Discusses Tension With Bulls Front Office, But Reinsdorf Denies Any Rift

Reinsdorf called reports of discord between the Bulls and Rose irresponsible
Tensions between the Bulls and G Derrick Rose "hit a peak" this offseason when Rose "seemed to want no part in the recruitment of players," according to Joe Cowley of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. Sources said that over the past few years, tension between the two sides has been "mounting because Rose allowed his camp to take shots at the franchise," and gradually, there "seemed to be less communication between the Bulls and their biggest star." Rose this week acknowledged that there "has been growing tension," but he "seems ready to step up and mend a rocky relationship." Rose: "I know it's been there. I heard there were some upset people. I'm happy I didn't personally see it." However, Bulls Chair Jerry Reinsdorf in a statement said, "I am confounded by the irresponsible report in the Chicago Sun-Times suggesting there is anything approaching discord or confusion between the Bulls executive office, coaching staff, and Derrick Rose or any other Bulls player. To the contrary, I can remember no time when the organization has been any more focused, optimistic, and cohesive." Cowley writes the two "most obvious faces in the Rose camp are his brother/manager, Reggie, and his agent," Wasserman Media Group's B.J. Armstrong. Reggie "obviously did little to help his brother’s cause on Feb. 21, 2013, by blasting the organization on the night of the trade deadline for its lack of movement." Armstrong "doesn't do interviews about Rose." But he said, "There’s nothing to discuss. If there is something going on, there’s two people: You can get it from Jerry Reinsdorf or you can get it from Derrick Rose. ... You’re talking about rumors" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 8/1).
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