Before Derrick Rose torched the Wizards for 35 points, he publicly flirted back with Dwight Howard’s recent comments about a possible move to Chicago.
“Me and Dwight definitely have a relationship, especially because of adidas. I know our market and the city speaks for itself, if someone was interested to come to the Chicago Bulls,” Rose said of the Magic’s All-Star center. “Dwight, he’s a great player. Who wouldn’t want to play with him, but you never know what’s going to happen.”
Rose’s reticent character has refused, in the past, to play a role in coaxing superstars to Chicago. In the new buddy-buddy era of the NBA, Rose resolutely opposed actively engaging Lebron James and Dwyane Wade in the summer of 2010.
Today’s comment, albeit a polite response to Dwight’s, does mark a slight deviation from the norm—very much like Howard’s. Perhaps this indirect back-and-forth winking will materialize into an actual possibility, but for the time being there are still a lot of obstacles preventing this union, the biggest one being the Magic’s reluctance to create a conference powerhouse for years to come.