Rose tries to sway Bulls into drafting him ahead of ... Beasley?
Rarely has a potential No. 1 pick politicked as much as the one-season Memphis freshman point guard, who played at Chicago's Simeon Career Academy. The last hometown star to be drafted No. 1 was Akron's LeBron James, to Cleveland in 2003. But James did not have to convince the Cavs to take him -- he was going to be first pick the moment the Cavs won the draft lottery."Everything would be perfect, it would be a dream come true, I swear," Rose said Thursday at the Bulls' practice facility. "I'll probably faint if they call my name, I'll need a paramedic close by." If Kansas State freshman forward Michael Beasley is taken by Chicago and Rose falls to the Miami Heat at No. 2, Rose's reaction will be decidedly different. "I'll hate it. Anybody would hate their hometown not taking you, knowing that it could happen," Rose said, exhaling a bit after meeting the demands of a massive Chicagoland media horde in the midday sun. "But the biggest thing was playing in the NBA. My work ethic isn't going to change." "I can understand the human element," Bulls general manager John Paxson said. "It's not something that is dismissed. I understand that. But we do have a decision to make and it ends up being a business decision, and that dictates how we'll decide to go forward. We still have a week and we haven't made up our mind."
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