Derrick Rose said an internet report claiming he gave management his blessing to trade Carlos Boozer and perhaps another player to the Lakers for Pau Gasol is false.
“That’s something I would never say to anyone, that I need someone to come to this team, trying to get rid of someone on this team,” Rose said before Wednesday night’s game against the Bucks at the United Center. “That’s all false. It’s something I would never do.”
Rose said he talked to Boozer and that Boozer agreed that Rose wouldn’t say something like that.
“I’m good with the teammates I have,” Rose said. “I’ve been saying that. We’ve been winning games. We’re not in position to trade anyone right now.”
Rose said his back is feeling fine after returning to the team Monday after a five-game absence because of back spasms. He said he will continue to see a chiropractor for the rest of the season and will also continue with the stretching program that he says has helped keep him loose.
“I’m good, he said. “I don’t feel any pain in my back. My hamstring isn’t tight. I’m loose. I feel good. Fatigue is another thing.”
Rose admitted that he felt theeffects of being sidelined for a week when he returned to score 23 points in a 90-79 home victory against the Hawks on Monday.
“Even missing a few days can mess up your conditioning,” he said. “Not playing for a week, that can definitely throw off your game. I’m surprised I hit some of the shots I hit without doing anything with contact for that long.”
Also, the usually accommodating Rose apologized for not talking to reporters after Monday’s game.
“I wasn’t frustrated I was just tired of talking about my back,” Rose said. “I just needed a break. I’m sorry, but I needed a break.”