Derrick Rose doesn’t support the recruitment of other players, however, he’s more than willing to give his vocal support after his Chicago Bulls get said players.
Rose told NBA.com’s Sam Smith that the Bulls “needed” Pau Gasol, after signing the 34-year-old power forward this summer.
“We needed him. Pau is another dimension to our team that we didn’t have and I think I never had since I’ve been in the NBA. I think Taj did a great job last year having a low post presence. But with him being seven feet and you got Joakim with Taj on the other side cleaning up everything else, I think that we just need shooting and just one other playmaker. But I think we have that.”
While it’s easy to agree on the fact that Gasol was going to have a great impact on any team he would’ve signed with this offseason, I’m also on the boat that doesn’t entirely believe that he’s any missing piece to any contending team. And he’s not the “missing” piece for Chicago, either.
More than anything, the Bulls “needed” Rose to come back healthy, and potentially better. If he can do that, that might be all the Bulls need to transform back into championship contenders.
And by the looks of it, Rose is indeed explosive again. If the Bulls didn’t add Gasol, would they be viewed that differently, in terms of Eastern Conference projections? I doubt it.
But Rose is right. Signing Gasol was a really underrated move. He will add a new dimension to Chicago’s anemic (as of late) offense. He wasn’t needed, though.