ORLANDO -- Hours before a battle between the two stars, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose reiterated that he hasn't spoken to Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard about the possibility of the pair teaming up in Chicago later this season.
Howard, who has asked the Magic to trade him, listed the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and New Jersey Nets as teams he would like to be traded to. There's been speculation throughout the league that Howard doesn't want to come to Chicago, in part, because he and Rose are both sponsored by adidas and the shoe company doesn't want both of their big stars in the same market. Howard told local reporters on Friday that he and Rose were "adidas brothers."
"I haven't talked to him ever since the summer," Rose said after Friday morning's shootaround. "I know it's been crazy for him just seeing what's been going on. And I can only imagine what he's going through."
Howard was asked about potential interest in playing for the Bulls after Thursday's practice, but he told reporters that he did not want to address the topic. He will surely be asked about it again after Friday night's game, especially given his relationship to Rose, but the veteran center has been pretty guarded about his comments after addressing the speculation at the beginning of training camp.
Rose and the Bulls will be going for their sixth straight win against Howard and the Magic Friday night at the Amway Center.
Rose told ESPNChicago.com last month that he doesn't plan on recruiting Howard, or any player, throughout his career.
"That's just not me," he said. "My whole life, I've never been the type of player where I've recruited people like that ...
"I've never been a coach, 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, who became the youngest MVP in league history last season at the age of 22, wondered how much difference a personal recruiting pitch would even make.
"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."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.