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Rose, Reinsdorf disagree about Bulls' cohesion

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 31 2014 09:54:44 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 01 2014 12:56:26 PM CDT
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

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After Derrick Rose said his camp is experiencing friction with his team, Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf vehemently denied that a rift exists between the organization and the team's guard.

In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times published Thursday, Rose discussed the relationship between the Bulls and his entourage, which includes his brother and manager Reggie, and his agent, B.J. Armstrong.

Rose said, "I heard there were some upset people.

"I'm happy I didn't personally see it. I don't want to see that. I kind of wonder where it was coming from because it seemed like whenever I was around, everything was all right. It bothered me because when I wasn't around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn't all right."

According to the Sun-Times, the difficulty ramped up when Rose was viewed as being indifferent toward recruiting free agents such as forward Carmelo Anthony, who wound up re-signing with the New York Knicks.

Reinsdorf released a statement that read, "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.

"I've got to assume suggestions otherwise are intended to undermine the goals and objectives, spirit, and reputation of the Chicago Bulls. I am deeply disappointed that unnamed sources and totally inaccurate statements and assumptions can be used to foment nonexistent friction. The report is totally without basis or fact. It is pure malicious fiction."

Rose is working his way back from his second season-ending knee surgery in two years. He is training with Team USA in Las Vegas.

He added that he believes the Bulls are heading in the right direction, telling the Sun-Times, "It seems like everybody has one goal, from the front office all the way down now. It seems like everyone is finally communicating with each other. That's all we need. You think about all the championship teams, they say that communication and one goal is usually the recipe. You take away all the other (stuff) and just make it simple.

"This is a new beginning for everybody. We've got a new practice facility, a new year where I'm coming back, and we have some great talent. It's time to turn the page and move in a positive direction."

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