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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.

Bulls crack the top 20 of Forbes' most valuable sports franchises

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Bulls crack the top 20 of Forbes' most valuable sports franchises

The Bulls' franchise is heading in the right direction on the court, and it's doing pretty great off it, too.

Forbes released its annual ranking of the top 50 most valuable sports franchises, and the Bulls are back in the top 20 with a valuation of $2.9 billion.

The Bulls are up from 23rd a year ago, when they were valued at $2.6 billion. They were 22nd in 2017 with a $2.5 billion valuation, and 18th in 2016 with a $2.3 billion valuation.

The Bulls were one of nine NBA franchises in the top 50. That number was one more than last year.

Here's a list of all nine NBA teams that made the cut:

1. New York Knicks ($4 billion)
2. Los Angeles Lakers ($3.7 billion)
3. Golden State Warriors ($3.5 billion)
4. Chicago Bulls ($2.9 billion)
5. Boston Celtics ($2.8 billion)
6. Brooklyn Nets ($2.35 billion)
7. Houston Rockets ($2.3 billion)
8. Dallas Mavericks ($2.25 billion)
9. Los Angeles Clippers ($2.2 billion)

As Forbes noted in the piece, "NBA teams have made the most dramatic moves this decade." Just seven years ago, the Lakers were valued at $900 million and were one of just two NBA teams (the Knicks were the other) in the top 50.

Among Chicago teams, the Bulls ranked second behind the Cubs ($3.1 billion) and tied with the Bears ($2.9 billion). Neither the Blackhawks nor the White Sox made the list.

Bulls will host Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zion Williamson as part of five-game preseason schedule

Bulls will host Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zion Williamson as part of five-game preseason schedule

The Bulls announced their 2019 preseason schedule on Tuesday, and they'll begin their five-game slate by hosting two of the most exciting players in the game.

They'll kick off their campaign on Monday, Oct. 7 with a matchup against reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee was the No. 1 seed in the East last year and signed Robin Lopez in the offseason.

Two days later, No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson comes to the United Center as the Bulls host the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Bulls then hit the road with contests against the Indiana Pacers (Oct. 11) and the Toronto Raptors (Oct. 13). They close their preseason slate at home against Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 17.

All five preseason games will air live on NBC Sports Chicago and the NBC Sports Chicago MyTeams app.