Rose: 'I tried to recruit' LeBron, Wade in 2010

From ESPN - October 10, 2017

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Part of the lore surrounding the Miami Heat landing LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade as free agents in the summer of 2010 was not only the great recruiting presentation that Pat Riley pulled off in South Beach but also the poor recruiting pitch that Derrick Rose executed on behalf of the Chicago Bulls.

Seven years later, with James, Wade and Rose set to take the court for the first time as teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Tuesday's preseason game against the Bulls (8 p.m. ET, ESPN), Rose revealed that he did try to lure James, Wade and Bosh to Chicago after all.

"Oh yeah, yeah, I tried," Rose said after shootaround Tuesday. "People always said that I did not recruit. I tried to recruit. I put out the video, but it was not for me to say that. I felt like it was for the organization to say that."

Rose said he filmed a video in which he recruited the big three to join him on a Bulls team that had a young core of Luol Deng, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah already.

When asked why this revelation was just coming to light now, Rose replied, "I just wanted to see who had my back," presumably referring to members of the Bulls front office who could have corrected the perception that Rose was hands-off by telling the media about the video that was filmed.

Rose said he is unaware of whether James, Wade and Bosh ever saw the video.

"[The Bulls] did not say anything about it," Rose said. "They sent it; I do not know if they really actually looked at it or played the video, but I made the video, but at the time it really was not for me to say that."

James told The Athletic's Jason Lloyd that Rose reached out to him personally but did not confirm whether he saw the video.

"He was basically saying, 'Everybody is out here saying that I do not want you to come here and saying that we ca not play together,'" James told The Athletic. "He said, 'I'd love for you to come to Chicago because all I care about is winning.'"

Rose fed the misconception of his refusal to recruit when asked about it in December 2011.


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