Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said Sunday he is ready to "move on" after issuing a strong rebuke last week to a Chicago Sun-Times story that reported "tension" between point guard Derrick Rose and the team.
Speaking Sunday to co-hosts Bruce Levine and Barry Rozner on WSCR-AM (670), Reinsdorf reiterated his disdain for the story.
"The article infuriated me," Reinsdorf said. "I put out a statement and said what I felt I had to say."
Sun-Times reporter Joe Cowley's story published July 31 described a rocky relationship between the Bulls and their franchise player. Reinsdorf responded by calling the piece "malicious fiction" in a statement released later that day.
"I am confounded by the irresponsible report in the Chicago Sun-Times suggesting there is anything approaching discord or confusion between the Bulls executive office, coaching staff, and Derrick Rose or any other Bulls player," Reinsdorf said in the statement. "To the contrary, I can remember no time when the organization has been any more focused, optimistic, and cohesive. … I am deeply disappointed that unnamed sources and totally inaccurate statements and assumptions can be used to foment nonexistent friction. The report is totally without basis or fact. It is pure malicious fiction."
After the report, Rose spoke to ESPN about the situation and was quick to shoot down any notion of ill feelings between the two sides.
"Derrick backed up what I said in his interview," Reinsdorf said Sunday. "Now we just move on."