Seeing former teammates Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose was a reminder to Taj Gibson of the Bulls dynasty that never was.
Rose is now 2-0 against the Bulls this season, but the damage he’s done this week concerning his reputation once he hits free agency could be costly.
TELANDER: Of his latest unexcused absence, Rose said on Tuesday: ‘‘This wasn’t me.’’ Yes, it was.
To a man, the Bulls avoided all things Rose on Tuesday, almost taking the attitude of he’s New York’s problem now.
Rose told reporters he had returned to Chicago for family reasons and that his absence had nothing to do with basketball.
Noah played one of his best games in two years, while Rose was just three rebounds shy of a triple-double, handing the Bulls a second straight loss.
While Butler didn’t have a ton of respect for Rose’s work ethic, both said on Friday that they were able to maintain a friendly relationship.