Derrick Rose Says ‘Not My Job’ to Recruit Carmelo Anthony

by July 01, 2014

Chicago Bulls superstar point guard Derrick Rose isn’t big on recruiting other stars to join him in the Windy City. Sorry, ‘Melo. Joakim Noah, however, sees the bigger picture when it comes to adding a potent scorer to the Bulls’ roster through free agency. Per Yahoo! and Basketball Insiders:

Rose’s reason is simple: He said it’s “not my job.”


“My thing is if they want to come, they can come,” Rose said.


Anthony averaged 27.4 points for the New York Knicks last season. Rose averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 assists during the 2011-12 season – the last before he injured his left knee in the 2012 playoffs. Rose respects Anthony’s game and believes they can co-exist.


“I love Melo’s game,” Rose said. “He’s a great player. Takes the game serious. He’s consistent. He shoots the ball great. I love his heart.


“I can play with anybody, no matter who it is. I believe I can play with anyone if they step on the court with me.”


As for when Rose will resume playing, he said he expects to be ready for the 2014-15 NBA season-opener, but has yet to decide if he will try out for USA Basketball’s World Cup team this summer.


Sources close to the situation say that Joakim Noah has been communicating with Anthony in recent weeks. The two have been texting back and forth, and Noah is actively recruiting Anthony to Chicago.