Don't know how to link to it, but I'm sure there is a podcast somewhere and I just had to put this out there.
I sometimes find him annoying but sometimes like his opinions. Either way I often find myself listening to The Herd on ESPN Radio when driving home during the midday. Well, today in particular got me going and I will share. Perhaps you heard it, but if you didn't... Colin Cowherd claims he has friends in the media with intimate knowledge at the time of LeBron's thinking during the whole free agent period. Supposedly, LeBron was really interested in Chicago and reached out to Rose after the last game of the season, but was apparently shunned in a way by young Rose, who supposedly preferred Joe Johnson instead of Lebron to the Bulls. So Colin jumps to the conclusion that no one wants to play with Rose because he isn't elite or doesn't have "big picture" thinking, as he calls it, like Kobe and Wade and LeBron do. So he is basically saying that a superteam didn't happen in Chicago because of Rose, and apparently never will the way he is trashing our superstar. He compared Rose to Marbury "who also averaged 9 assists", and criticized the broadcast's claim that Rose has to learn to be a leader. Cowherd thinks that quality is seen from the beginning, that you can tell right of the bat who has it, and if Derrick doesn't by now then he never will. Basically, he is comparing Rose to the likes of Marbury and Steve Francis.
My take: Cowherd is a blowhard, but if we were to consider this... first, if LeBron really made a point to reach out to Rose and Rose turned him away, that is very dumb. But then I started thinking... what if Rose really sees himself as an alpha-dog and sees Johnson as someone who could come in and fit in rather than LeBron who would obviously become the focal point of the team. Is that perhaps Jordanesque thinking (I'm not comparing the two) in that he'd rather beat the likes of Wade and LeBron than play with them? In the end, I think Rose's selfishness to be the unquestioned leader of this team ("why not me for MVP?") will ultimately translate more to team success than it did for guys like Marbury and Francis. All stars are selfish in a way, but others are selfish to a fault, like Marbury and Francis, who both ruined teams for not wanting to share the spotlight. I mean, Marbury tried to push Garnett out of Minnesota. If LeBron went to the Bulls without Rose's "permission", I don't think Rose would be stupid enough either to want to push him out the door. If anything, Rose was looking at the situation too rationally and valuing fit more than just pure talent. I wouldn't blame him for it, but I would definitely disagree.
Anyways, heard this and thought I'd share it here and see what you all think. Perhaps you heard it yourself or not. I'd look it up as it was definitely an interesting listen. but Cowherd still blows.