LeBron James said Monday he still finds it surreal to be playing with Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade on the Cavaliers.

But the three could have united -- in the United Center. Rose said Tuesday that he tried to lure Wade and James to Chicago with a recruiting video during the free agency summer of 2010. James eventually announced in “The Decision” he was joining Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat.

“People always said that I didn’t recruit. I tried to recruit,” Rose said at shootaround before the Cavs hosted the Chicago Bulls Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena. “I put out the video, but, it wasn’t for me to say that. I felt like it was for the organization to say that. I put out a video for him (Wade), Chris Bosh and LeBron.”

Chicago media who covered Rose’s eight years with the Bulls were surprised by Rose’s revelation and suggestion that the Bulls didn’t take advantage of the message he’d recorded for for the league’s stars.

“I mean it isn’t for me to say that but, yeah they didn’t say anything about it,” Rose said of the Bulls. “They sent it, I don’t know if they really actually looked at it or played the video, but, I made the video. But at the time it really wasn’t for me to say that.”
Asked why this nugget was just coming out seven years after the fact, Rose said, “I just wanted to see who had my back.”

Wade said a year ago that if Rose had called, the decisions in 2010 might have been different. Rose and Wade are Chicago natives.

Asked Tuesday if he wished Rose had picked up the phone, Wade said, “Nah, that’s not his personality. Don’t want to do something that’s not in someone’s personality. We knew he wanted us to come in. He didn’t have to be on our line all the time. We knew that. We just made a decision that was better for us.”