DERRICK Rose says he bears no ill will against the Bulls and waved off talk about grudge matches ahead of his return to Chicago.
The New York Knicks’ starting point guard will be returning to the Windy City in his first game against the team he starred for in the past eight seasons.
“I haven’t been thinking about it,’’ said Rose, who was traded to New York in a five-player deal in the offseason.
“Only when probably it’s game day, I’ll think about it. There’s no bad blood there either.”
I understand this is a business. They made a business decision. On my end, I just got to stay prepared,” he added during the team’s shootaround in Detroit.
New Bulls guard Michael-Carter Williams has declined to wear the No. 1 jersey out of respect for Rose, who now wears No. 25 to honor the memory of top high school player Benji Wilson, a fellow Chicago native who was shot to death in 1984.
“I don’t care. That number is something in the past. That was a young, raw talent, reckless type player. The player you see now, I’m more mature. My IQ of the game has gotten higher,” said Rose. “I don’t have to do the things I did in the past with the team I have right now. I’ll look crazy going out there shooting some of the shots I shot with the Bulls. There’s no need for that.’’