In his second set of strong comments against the NBA lockout, Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose said the league should eliminate the salary cap.

“I wish it was back like where it was in the old days where there wasn’t a cap,” Rose told The Associated Press in Honolulu on Tuesday during a stop on the “Hoops for Troops” tour he is doing. “Back in the day, they were giving guys coming out of college multimillion-dollar contracts, so why stop it now? The game is growing. There’s no need to stop it.”

Rose is referring to the rookie scale contracts to which he is signed. The rookie salary scale contracts are one of the many items getting discussed in the collective bargaining agreement talks that already have wiped out the first two weeks of the regular season. More cancellations could come soon, and a new NBA schedule will be drafted regardless.

As the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft, Rose was scheduled to make $5,546,160 this season on his rookie contract. The league’s reigning most valuable player also made strong comments against owners during Chicago appearances to promote his new shoe earlier this month.

However, there is no chance the new CBA will eliminate the salary cap.

Rose told the Associated Press he has been humbled by the United Service organization-sponsored tour, which features several NBA players giving clinics and playing in exhibitions this week to boost morale for service personnel and their families.

“They’re around my age and younger than I am,” said Rose, 23. “Just seeing that they’re fighting for us, I just let them know we’re not taking them for granted.”

Rose also confirmed he won’t participate in a six-game, two-week tour over four continents that begins Sunday in Puerto Rico with other NBA stars.

Bulls teammates Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah are possibilities to participate, joining committed stars like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade.

 

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