Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Updated: September 28, 4:52 PM ET
Derrick Rose says lockout unnecessary
By Chris Silva
Special to ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Reigning league MVP Derrick Rose said he would strongly consider playing overseas should the NBA season be completely lost due to the lockout, although the Chicago Bulls point guard is hoping the season will eventually start regardless of how many games might be lost.
"If it does (cancel the season), yes, I am taking into consideration that I might be going overseas but I don't know where," Rose said on Tuesday following a court renovation and clinic at Murray Park Playground in Englewood, where he grew up playing basketball. "There's a lot of great places overseas but I haven't really gotten time to get details on every place."
The Chicago Tribune reported on Tuesday that two sources close to Rose have confirmed that he has at least one offer in hand from an overseas team and discussions with several others. Rose's agent, former Bulls guard B.J. Armstrong, was at Tuesday's event and said that his clients are standing pat on signing overseas deals until it's determined whether there will or will not be an NBA season.
"All the players are remaining patient and sticking with the union," Armstrong said.
The lockout, which has gone on for close to three months, has already postponed the first two weeks of training camp and canceled a week of exhibition games. Rose was whisked away by a security detail before he could answer whether or not he and his Bulls teammates planned to hold informal workouts and Armstrong said he had not heard of any in the making.
He's spent much of the offseason working out in Los Angeles.
During a question-and-answer session with 100 children from Randolph Elementary School, which Rose attended, the Bulls point guard did not sound optimistic about the league's labor dispute.
"Right now, it's looking pretty tough, but to me I think the lockout is unnecessary," he said. "There's no reason why billionaires and millionaires should be arguing about money. There's other things in this world that we should be arguing about, but money shouldn't be the problem."
While Rose doesn't think the Bulls will lose fans because of the lockout, he did acknowledge that missing games will be more harmful to the fans.
"I do miss talking to the people at the Bulls' organization," Rose said. "I miss talking to them, miss talking to the coaching staff, but it's not stressful where I'm panicking or anything. I'm just taking my time."
Chris Silva is a regular contributor to ESPNChicago.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.