Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf issued a statement Thursday night in response to a Sun-Times report about a rift between Derrick Rose and the organization.

"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. "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."

The newspaper quoted Rose acknowledging hearing "from certain people that everything wasn't all right." The report based the discord on Rose allowing "his camp to take shots at the franchise."

K.C. Johnson