Derrick Rose not comfortable recruiting
"That's just not me," he told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday night. "My whole life, I've never been the type of player where I've recruited people like that."
"I've never been a coach," he continued with a laugh. "I don't know how the conversation would go, actually, if I called him. 'What's up?' or whatever? I don't know how to even approach someone about coming here. It would be super hard."
Rose is skeptical a personal phone call would make that much of a difference, even one coming from the reigning NBA MVP.
"I don't think one person can do that," he said. "That's just like if someone called me, asking me to come to their team, I don't think I would come just because they called. I think I would have to know where I'm living at, knowing where I'll eat at every night. Everything comes into play when you talk about moving to another city."
Rose said he wasn't offended that Howard didn't list the Bulls as a team he would like to be traded to and sign an extension with. Howard, through his agent Dan Fegan, said he only wanted to be dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks or New Jersey Nets.
"I'm not worried about that," Rose said. "Everybody has their own place where they want to play, their own agenda. So it was up to him."
When pressed, Rose admitted that his stance on recruiting would probably never change.
"I don't think so," he said. "I don't think I'll ever be able to."
Not surprisingly, Rose said that he hasn't spoken to Howard.
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"To each their own," he said. "There's nothing I can say about that. I'm happy I'm not going through that right now. I can only imagine what they're going through. Right now, I'm just trying to worry about the Bulls."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.