CHICAGO -- Old habits die hard for Derrick Rose, who still bleeds Bulls' black and red.
Hours after chastising NBA owners at a shoe store in downtown Chicago and minutes after playing nine groups of teenagers in a surprisingly competitive series of three-on-three, Rose accidentally spoke for the team that can't let him in their gymnasium or put him on their website.
"On behalf of adidas, the Bulls, my family …" he said as he thanked the crowd at the James R. Jordan Boys & Girls Club on West Monroe Street.
That is what we call a lockout foul. Rose, a living thank-you note, can't speak to or for the Chicago Bulls right now, because of the ongoing NBA labor strife. In fact, adidas had to scrub the gym of Bulls logos and paraphernalia to film the games for their "Run with Rose" promotion.