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Rose debuts shoe; considering move overseas?

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Rose debuts shoe; considering move overseas?

For a man technically without a job right now, Derrick Rose has been a busy man over the past few days. Thursday, adidas launched the campaign for his second signature shoe, the adiZero Rose 2, with a commercial, "The Bull," filmed in Madrid, Spain, this summer. You can watch the commercial below.

"The adiZero Rose 2 is built for my speed so you better want to be fast if you wear this shoe," Rose said in a press release. "It's stable and light so it plays great on the court, but it's also really clean so you can rock it and look real nice off the court. I felt like a gladiator when I laced them up to film 'The Bull,' and I hope everybody likes how we show my new shoes to the world."

The shoe will be released Oct. 6. This latest announcement from Rose follows his dedication of the renovated Murray Park, the playground where he grew up playing basketball in the South Side community of Englewood.

Tuesday, the league MVP returned to his old stomping grounds, equipped with substantial contributions from two companies he endorses, Powerade and Wilson, and held a youth skills clinic for students from his Randolph Elementary School, one of his alma maters. There, he made waves by opining about the ongoing NBA lockout and revealing that, like many of his peers, he's considering playing on foreign soil.

"Just coming back here, I know it means a lot not only to me but the community," Rose told reporters. "If I was younger, I think it'd be cool for a guy who made it before me came back to show he appreciates us and didn't forget about us. Every day, every time I play, they're the reason I play, this neighborhood right here. This court is what brings everyone together. People have picnics, barbecues up here. It means a lot to this neighborhood.

"This is only the base," he continued. "You never know in a couple of years -- not only me, but what some other people can do for this neighborhood. I'm looking to change it. People look at Englewood as a bad neighborhood. But it's everything to us."

Rose also commented on the ongoing lockout and the possibility that he could play overseas. The Chicago Tribune reported that Rose has one concrete offer from a foreign team, while sources close to him say he is receiving interest from several others.

"Yes, I am taking into consideration that I might move overseas," said the youngest MVP in NBA history, still only 22. "I don't know where. There are a lot of great places overseas. I haven't really had time to get the details of every place.

"It's kind of weird knowing that I don't have a job right now," he added. "I haven't felt this way from high school. It's all positive, though. I'm hoping the season starts no matter when. Hopefully, I don't have to go overseas.

"I do miss talking to the people at the Bulls organization, my coaching staff. I miss that. But it's not stressful or anything. I'm not panicking. I'm taking my time."

What do you think of D-Rose's latest shoe and "The Bull" commercial?

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

Zach LaVine not daunted by chasing ‘Black Jesus’

Zach LaVine not daunted by chasing ‘Black Jesus’

The statue doesn’t sit out front of the United Center anymore, but the statute remains the same for any player good enough to be on the marquee for the Chicago Bulls.

Zach LaVine, while awed by the specter of Michael Jordan, isn’t spooked by chasing a ghost. Weeks away from a debut as a Bull—returning from ACL surgery—LaVine is aware of the standard set by the man who called himself “Black Jesus”.

“Black Jesus played here for so long. I’m not putting myself in that category,” LaVine said, unaware Jordan gave himself that nickname as a young player in Chicago. “He lived up to it. They (fans) want to get back to that pinnacle.”

He hears the hopes and wishes of fans when he walks off the United Center floor two hours before every home game after getting shots up as part of his rehab. LaVine knows what’s expected from him—what’s more, he expects that from himself.

He’s a two-time slam dunk champion, certainly, but the Seattle area native wants to be known as a complete player, someone a franchise can build around.

And if it’s Black Jesus’ franchise, so be it.

“You try not to let it mess with you,” LaVine said. “I feel like I’m strong minded, I’m confident in myself. Everybody is gonna have their own opinions. All that matters is how you feel about yourself.”

Not that he’s not holding himself to the standard set by the standard bearer himself, but he’s aware the responsibility that comes with playing at Jordan’s position for a franchise still largely synonymous with Jordan—even though this spring will mark 20 years since Jordan actually wore Bulls red.

“No one’s trying to compare you to him, that’s out there,” LaVine said. “You’re just trying to be the best you, coming into this situation. You have the opportunity to be the face of the franchise. To be that guy. You want to embrace that. You want everybody to know you’re prepared and capable of doing that.”

Simply being identified as a player a franchise will commit to building around as opposed to the third wheel, as he was believed to be in Minnesota behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, is warming for him.

Derrick Rose believed he was up for the challenge until his body betrayed him. Jimmy Butler wanted it, but the Bulls thought otherwise leading to the chain of events that brought LaVine to Chicago.

In the first season of a full-fledged rebuild, LaVine knows the prevailing belief is that the next franchise carrier is more likely in the coming draft than on the Bulls roster.

“People gonna put a name on everything. I’m gonna hoop, do what I do,” LaVine said. “I know I’m talented, I think the Bulls organization knows I’m talented. Whatever we do with the pick or free agency, that’s their side of basketball operations. I’m gonna do what I do. I put in the work.”

He’ll return to full contact practice next week and if one had to guess, finally be introduced as an active player in the middle of December once he works the kinks out and gains confidence in taking real contact.

But then again, confidence has never been a problem for LaVine. Whether it was instilled in him by a vocal father who had him chart every shot he took as a high schooler or simply innate, LaVine isn’t shying away from the challenge.

“He had a plan, for sure,” LaVine said of his father, Paul, who once played linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks. “I have binders of shots. I was doing workouts the day before games. I was doing professional workouts before (college). I embraced being a hard worker.”

Whether it’s the rehab or a road that’s had plenty of twists and turns for him to be 22, he’s experienced enough not to be naïve but young enough to have admirable wide-eyed optimism.

“You put in that much hard work, it can’t fail. It can’t.”

The Bulls first quarter was historically terrible

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The Bulls first quarter was historically terrible

Rebuilds can be ugly, but the first quarter of Wednesday's Bulls-Thunder game was downright disgusting. 

The Bulls scored single digits(!) in the historically awful opening 12 minutes. Here's a closer look at the numbers: 

7 - Amount of points scored. That's the worst opening quarter in franchise history and just one point better than the worst overall quarter. 

8 - Number of turnovers, which included three shot clock violations. 

13 - The Bulls shot 13 percent from the field. Woof. 

2 - Consecutive games Fred Hoiberg's squad has trailed by 20 after the first. 

3 - Carmelo Anthony outscored the Bulls by three points in the opening quarter (10-7). 

It's safe to assume that the lineup of Jerian Grant, Kris Dunn, Quincy Pondexter, Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez was not ready to play.