Bulls pull out all stops — and Derrick Rose — to recruit Carmelo Anthony

Derrick Rose left with some shoes. (M. Spencer Green / AP)

Despite his promise to the contrary, Derrick Rose came to the United Center and helped with the sales pitch the Chicago Bulls made to Carmelo Anthony.

The former MVP showed up to experience the red-carpet welcome that featured an arena bedecked in signage of Melo in a Bulls uniform.

Joakim Noah, who has been recruiting Anthony from the start, and Taj Gibson also stopped in, although no one was offering many details of the meeting.

Whatever Anthony heard, it wasn’t enough to keep him from heading to Texas, where he is expected to meet with the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets on Wednesday. He’s scheduled to head for Los Angeles to speak with the Lakers after those meetings.

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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Cindy Boren · July 2, 2014