James, who eventually signed with the Heat as a free agent, was being courted by the Bulls, among other teams. In a Sports Illustrated article, Rose revealed that he sent James a text message saying: "I'm just hitting you up to kill all the rumors that I don't want to play with you. I'd like to play with you. I just want to win."
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Derrick Rose can claim he was open to playing with LeBron James; however, he didn’t exactly roll out the welcome mat last summer for The King.
If Rose was truly interested in partnering with James he would’ve played a greater role in recruiting the game’s best player.
For example, he would’ve flown to Cleveland and been part of the recruiting mission. Or at a minimum, he would’ve taken the time to speak to James.
Sending a four sentence text message is a cop-out, especially when you consider that James is used to being worshipped, adored, and fawned over.
Then there’s Rose’s choice of words. He used ‘like’, a somewhat indifferent and understated term. Other players and teams would have ‘loved’ to have had James.
In the end, Rose’s efforts wouldn’t have much mattered, though. James was determined to take his 'talent to South Beach'.
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