Derrick Rose says he won’t woo Carmelo Anthony


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LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade may be busily planning how they’ll rework their contracts and the Miami Heat roster, but at least one NBA superstar isn’t interested in emulating them.

Derrick Rose isn’t going to try to lure Carmelo Anthony to the Chicago Bulls when free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. EDT Tuesday because it isn’t his job.

“My thing is if they want to come, they can come,” he said (via Yahoo).

Rose, who has played in only 10 games over the last two seasons, says he believes he’ll be ready for the NBA season-opener and is prepared to play alongside anyone the Bulls might sign.

“I love Melo’s game,” Rose said. “He’s a great player. Takes the game serious. He’s consistent. He shoots the ball great. I love his heart. I can play with anybody, no matter who it is. I believe I can play with anyone if they step on the court with me.”

Of bigger concern, though, is just when Rose will play. It was a little surprising to hear him say that he hasn’t decided yet whether he’ll play for the U.S. in the World Cup later this summer.

“If I’m feeling right and the time is [right], for sure I will go out there,” he said. “My body is responding good, but you never know.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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