On Day 89 of the NBA lockout, the NBA's reigning MVP, Derrick Rose, became the latest star to express that playing overseas is a serious option and called out the pettiness of the whole ordeal, Chris Silva reported Tuesday at ESPNChicago.com:
"If it does (cancel the season), yes, I am taking into consideration that I might be going overseas but I don't know where," Rose said on Tuesday following a court renovation and clinic at Murray Park Playground in Englewood, where he grew up playing basketball. "There's a lot of great places overseas but I haven't really gotten time to get details on every place."
"Right now, it's looking pretty tough, but to me I think the lockout is unnecessary," he said. "There's no reason why billionaires and millionaires should be arguing about money. There's other things in this world that we should be arguing about, but money shouldn't be the problem."
Rose added that offers are on the table to 'take his talents' to Asia or Europe, K.C. Johnson added at the Chicago Tribune:
Rose said he has one concrete offer from an undisclosed foreign team and a source close to Rose said several others have inquired about his services. The source stressed those opportunities would be pursued only if regular-season games get canceled and labor talks break down for an extended period.
Friday, the league announced the cancellation of the first two weeks of preseason games, scheduled to begin Oct. 3.
Rose also expanded on the psychological effects attributed to the lockout:
"It's kind of weird knowing that I don't have a job right now," Rose said. "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."
And, oh yeah, Rose was out and about to speak on the newly rehabbed playground in Englewood where he grew up playing the game he loves -- where his humble words of his origins and emotional intelligence accompanied his communal actions.