Bill Laimbeer critical of Derrick Rose
Waddle & Silvy
Former Piston and current Timberwolves assistant coach Bill Laimbeer joined "The Waddle & Silvy Show" to discuss Derrick Rose and losing to the Bulls in the 1991 East finals.
The former Detroit Pistons center and current Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach didn't care to make comparisons between Rose and five-time MVP Michael Jordan, but offered up one criticism of Rose.
"I wouldn't compare them because I don't really care about either of them," Laimbeer said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "One is a point guard and one is a shooting guard. They are two completely different positions. Derrick Rose has a lot to learn also as far as getting his teammates more involved. He takes the ball a lot himself these days. But he's a very aggressive player, he's fast, he's strong and he has the great skillset to be very successful. To compare the two would be a stretch at this point."
Rose doesn't seem to be taking Laimbeer's comments to heart.
"That's his opinion," Rose said. "We're winning, so I could care less about what he said."
Rose, who averages 25 points a game for the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls, trails only Golden State's Monta Ellis (20.4) in shots taken per game with 20.2.
Time hasn't eased Laimbeer's dislike for the Bulls. He won two NBA titles with the "Bad Boy" Pistons in 1989 and 1990 but Detroit's championship run was ended by Jordan's Bulls, who finally got past them with a sweep in the 1991 Eastern Conference finals. That set up the Bulls first of six NBA titles.
The sweep of the Pistons proved to be a passing of the torch in the East, and one of the enduring images is of Detroit players walking off the court after Game 4 refusing to shake hands with the Bulls.
Former Pistons star Isiah Thomas recently told ESPN 1000 that he regrets the decision and would do it differently if he could, but Laimbeer doesn't feel the same.
"Absolutely not. They were saying things about us that were untrue," Laimbeer said. "We played a certain style of basketball but they took it to a personal level calling us names, trying to say we're bad people. Time has proven just the opposite. We were a very model group as a matter of fact. We were not in trouble, you never read about law enforcement with any of us, and we didn't take kindly [to the Bulls' talk]. You can say we were a physical basketball team but don't attack the person like they did."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.