by Marcel Mutoni / @ marcel_mutoni

As Derrick Rose continues to work his way back from knee surgery, his brother Reggie is steaming mad at the Chicago Bulls for not putting enough pieces around their superstar to contend for an NBA championship.

According to Derrick’s older sibling, the Bulls (who didn’t make a move at the trade deadline) are counting on their point guard to return this season purely for financial reasons.

Per ESPN:

“What have you pieced together? Have you made any moves? Have you made any trades to get better? You know all roads to the championship lead through Miami,” Reggie Rose said. “What pieces have you put together for the physical playoffs? Joakim Noah is a great player. Luol Deng is a great player. But you need more than that. You have to put together pieces to your main piece. The players can only do so much. It’s up to the organization to make them better.”

“It’s frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him,” Reggie Rose said. [...] “Everyone is expecting Derrick to come back,” Reggie Rose said. “If Derrick comes back, they’re going to sell more tickets. Is the reason for Derrick to come back to win a championship or make money? Right now, I don’t believe a championship. Everything in the NBA is financial.”

Everyone in Chicago is understandably frustrated. There’s no telling when Derrick Rose will return, and even if he comes back this season and is healthy, the Bulls don’t appear to be legitimate title contenders. Reggie Rose’s comments will only add fuel to the fire.

Derrick Rose quickly and wisely released a statement through the Bulls in an attempt to diffuse the situation: “I have always felt that the Bulls organization’s goals have been the same as mine and that is to bring another championship to this city.”