Friday, October 31st, 2008 at 11:00 am  |  22 responses

Rule no. 1 for the Bulls: Derrick Rose Shall Not Be Hazed

by Marcel Mutoni

Derrick Rose isn’t your typical rookie. Judging by his ultra-confident demeanor, it’s easy not to think of him as one, and his teammates don’t certainly treat him like a lowly first year player.

As one of the leaders on the team, Rose has managed to avoid the hazing that most NBA rookies must endure from teammates. From the Sun-Times:

Is Rose getting the star treatment from his teammates?

”We can’t throw too much at him because he’s starting right now and playing a big role,” forward Drew Gooden said. ”With some of those bottom-of-the-barrel rookies, you can kind of take more advantage of them. ‘Derrick Rose, slowly but surely when he finds his role, we’ll have him doing some chores.”

I wouldn’t be so sure about that, Drew. This Rose kid is pretty damn good. If you’re not careful, you might end up being the one carrying his bags.

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  • nate

    haha. i like that last line.

  • arthur

    Joakim Noah must be pretty pissed off.

  • real deal

    please, that was like hazing CP3 his rookie year, it makes no sense. Haze those second rouund picks and euro dudes. no star/starter should have to deal with that bs

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Yeah Drew Gooden should definitely be the one doing the chores, just don’t let him give you a haircut, Derrick.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Derrick Rose should haze the Bulls. He is the only one (besides Deng) who is playing like they are worth watching right now.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I wonder if anybody tried that sh– on Bron in his rookie year.

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    I always wonder about this stuff, because some of these vets have to still have that jock mentality where they feel they have to push the new guys around, no matter who they are. You’d have to inevitably get the hotshot rookie who basically did the same stuff to everyone else his whole life butting heads with the senior jock. Then, I’d imagine, someone gets laid out in the first week of training camp.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Can we get a link to the video of Charles Oakley slapping Pippen around? Derrick Rose makes Joakim Noah go get his donuts.

  • Alfonso Lopez

    THis comment is for BETCATS. How can you say deng and rose are the only reason the bulls are worth watching. Gooden is atarting to consistently score 18. Thomas is starting his average double doubles and gordon as much as i hate the guy is still scoring around 20 off the bench

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    If necessary, Tatum Bell can show Drew a thing or two about carrying bags.

  • wiz

    wow so i guess its only okay to haze second round picks some second rounders might take that to offense like cdr who played on rose’s and had a better season!!

  • slamfan4life


    Rose is a beast, hopefully he’ll do good today when the bulls lose to the celtics….

  • http://joebasketball.blogspot.com Joe

    I don’t like the idea of rookie hazing, it should be the person with the biggest salery, make them earn it. it could give Marbury a reason for his exsistence.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    The Bulls don’t have typical veterans, either. Their longest-tenured player is Kirk Hinrich and their oldest player is Larry Hughes. Not many potential hazers in that bunch.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    If anyone should be hazed, it’s Vinny Del Negro. Color me unimpressed.

  • Mark Z

    Classic Gooden: “Bottom of the barrel rookies…” I bet some of his former coaches and teammates would put him in that category after being drafted 4th overall.

    Rose, on the other hand, looks like the real deal. He blew by the Celtics D last nihgt multiple times. If Rose can get his passing game going (or will his teammates to actually hit some shots) he’ll be deadly.


    Soon Vinny Del Negro will be carrying D.Rose’s luggage

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Gooden still has the best nickname ever. Recede Wallace!

  • Benoit Benjamin

    This is lame. even Barkley was hazed as a rookie; Mind you it was by Dr.J and Moses Malone. I haven’t seen Rose but I’d be surprised if he’s that good.

  • slamfan4life

    well..rose jus dropped 26 against the grizz, along with 6board


  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Soon…DRose will be carrying his own luggage…outta there..!?!?


    Bulls need an overhall… Only people worth keeping are DRose, Deng, Gordon, Sefalosha, maybe nocioni… They have some tradeable assets and should get working…