Rose: I'd be happy if Del Negro returns
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said Friday he would be happy if Vinny Del Negro returns as his head coach next season, and Rose believes there's a good chance Chicago will land a major free agent this summer.
"Oh definitely, if he comes back I'll be happy," Rose said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "If not, that's not really up to me, it's up to the front office.
"He's doing a good job with us, the coaching staff is doing a good job with us. He usually lets me go out there and play and lets me make the best of my mistakes. No matter what, he always tells me I'm doing a good job, and he's always showing me video. I don't have anything to complain about."
Rose, in his second season, was the first Bulls player to participate in an All-Star Game since Michael Jordan in 1998, and he said the event was a great learning experience. He had a chance to talk to some of the top free agents in this summer's class, which includes LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
"I told them Chicago is a great place, and if they want to come, we'll be more than happy to take them," Rose said with a laugh. "It would be huge if one of them comes here; either LeBron, Wade or Bosh. We'll take all of them if we can get them, but we can only get one. So hopefully they just come on.
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"We definitely have a real good chance to get them. The Chicago market is unbelievable, and I don't see anyone really passing Chicago up if they can come here. Just give me a basketball player, just like we have now, and I'll be good."
Rose said one of the things he needs to improve on is becoming more of a vocal leader.
"It's been hard," he said. "The NBA is hard. They tell me I have to go in and tell them what to do. It's hard.
[He has to improve on] becoming a leader, being more vocal. Getting more comfortable, although I feel super comfortable now. People say the game slows down for you, but the game hasn't slowed down for me yet. My jump shot is getting more consistent, and hopefully next year I'll be shooting way more threes."