Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose could be the next NBA star to leave his original team in the name of seeking championships, in the opinion of former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. Speaking with an Orlando radio show on Monday, Van Gundy explained that Rose could leave if his hometown team never finds him a superstar teammate:
I think Derrick Rose is a great, great representative of our league, and he's a great player. And he's got good players around him, very good players around him, but if (the Bulls) can't get another star there for him, is he eventually going to look around and say, 'Hey, I've got to work this out on my own and I've got to find somehow to get somewhere else so that I will have a chance to play with another star.' The league has changed.
Van Gundy was the coach of the Magic last season when the Dwight Howard saga was at its peak, so he's certainly familiar with the situation described above. Orlando could never acquire a legitimate star player to pair with Howard, and that failure led the him to pursue opportunities to leave the Magic.
While most fans certainly cringe at the idea of Rose leaving his home city to play somewhere else, the NBA is a business and winning is paramount. Considering the recent knee injury and ownership's refusal to spend like other contenders, maybe the point guard leaving isn't such a crazy possibility.
For more, stick with SB Nation Chicago. For more on the Bulls, head over to Blog a Bull. For additional news, notes and analysis from around the NBA, visit SB Nation's NBA news hub.