What is the “Derrick Rose Rule?”

In the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, there appears to be a rule that was created for the purpose of screwing the Chicago Bulls, and it is known as the “Derrick Rose Rule.”

Simply put, the rule states that after a player has completed his rookie salary, if he has twice been voted an All-Star starter, twice been voted All-NBA, or won an MVP, he is eligible for a maximum salary of 30% of the salary cap rather than 25% like everyone else, a change of a couple million dollars a year.

There is exactly one player who this rule would apply to next season: Derrick Rose.

Let me start out by saying this: Derrick Rose is worth the extra 5% and so much more. However you have to question why they would make such a specific rule against the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose. Was Jerry Reinsdorf even in the room? He’s always been thought of as one of the most influential owners in the league, why would he let this legislation pass?

In the end, this is probably a good rule; any player who can accomplish one of those benchmarks is a generational-level talent! However the timing and immediate effect of the rule appears to be very anti-Chicago, and we will see how that affects Chicago’s title aspirations in the long-term.

3 thoughts on “What is the “Derrick Rose Rule?”

  • November 29, 2011 at 8:44 PM


  • November 29, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    I Love This Rule……Chicago Sports Is Known To Not Pay A Lot Of Their Top Athletes That Are Eventually Lost To Free Agency….To Be A Large Market City, The Bears, White Sox, Cubs, Bulls, And Blackhawks Have Traditionally Let Key Players Go, Especially After Winning Seasons Because They Did Not Want To Pay…….Goose Gossage, Bill Madlock, Anti Niemi And The 85 Bears To Name A Few…Maybe With This Rule, The Bulls Will Pay Derrick Rose His Due And Keep The Nucleus To A Potential Championship In Place……HELLO JERRY ANGELO!?!?!

  • November 30, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Let us hope so. I wouldn’t worry too much about paying Rose, there’s NOOOO logic to paying Rose anything less than the max.

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