One of the best point guards in the NBA is Derrick Rose. Blessed with athleticism we could all dream of, skills unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, but with two bad ankles, two questionable knees and a bad press conference, will he end up costing the Bulls?
Well, first things first. Be patient. Let’s recap, shall we?
After tearing his ACL in the first game of the first round of the 2012 playoffs causing him to miss all of the 2013 season, he succumbed to another injury to his meniscus in the 2014 season. He only played in 10 games that season however the Bulls still made it to the playoffs. Could the Bulls have won a championship with Rose in those seasons? Most likely.
The Bulls’ organization continues to be patient and understand what Rose is going through, so how come the media can’t do the same?
It takes a special person to be able to fall as many times as Rose has and still get back up and preserver. The only person who Rose has to prove anything to is himself and once he does, what will the media say then?
When Rose came back after tearing his ACL, he wasn’t careful nor was he as confident and knowledgeable about his body as he is now. He played all of preseason and 6 straight regular season games in 2014 before injuring his right hamstring against the Cavaliers. He sat out the next game against the Raptors and then returned to the hardwood for four straight games. That’s when he tore his meniscus on a backdoor cut against the Trailblazers.
The former league MVP returned again this past summer to play for Team USA in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, helping the team take home the gold. You bet the “Derrick Rose is back” headlines were blazing.
Preseason started and so did Derrick Rose. He played all 8 games averaging 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
In the regular season now, he has played four out of 8 games, averaging 18 points on 45 percent shooting, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. The Bulls have won three of those 4 games without him but the Bulls obviously need him if they want to get anywhere near an NBA title.
While Rose sitting out may be costing the Bulls, it would cost them even more to have him play when he’s not feeling up to it and reinjure himself. He rushed coming back last season and had to pay for it. So, I think Rose is smart for not making the same mistake twice.
Rose can’t seem to catch a break but how about a sprain?
The 6’3 Chicago-bred point guard sprained both ankles on Oct. 13 against the Cavaliers and then tweaked the injuries on Nov. 5 against Milwaukee causing him to sit out for two more games. Rose was back in action on Monday against Detroit and looked comfortable and confident exploding to the rim. He scored 24 points on 45 percent shooting and had 7 assists.
If anyone knows his body better than Derrick Rose, it’s Derrick Rose. Sitting out for those four games was a good call but some may not necessarily agree.
Derrick Rose spoke with reporters the other day and was asked how satisfied he was with his game so far. His response would have media and fans question his commitment to the Bulls.
“I’m good, man. I felt like I’ve been managing myself pretty good. I know a lot of people get mad when they see me sit out or whatever, but I think a lot of people don’t understand that … when I sit out it’s not because of this year. I’m thinking about long term. I’m thinking about after I’m done with basketball. Having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to, I don’t want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son’s graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. [I’m] just learning and being smart.”
It didn’t take long for public scrutiny to kick in.
The public gets mad when he takes a day off to rest but also gets mad when he plays and then tells the press “he wasn’t 100 percent.”
Reporters get annoyed when Derrick Rose provided short answers to questions or wouldn’t be available to speak to them but when he does open up and express himself, reporters are unhappy with the response they get.
We all know Rose isn’t great with the media. Answering questions has never been his forte and perhaps he can work on that during his time off.
Were his comments stupid? Yes, they were but do we really think for one second that Derrick Rose doesn’t care about or want to win an NBA Championship? Let’s be real here. Maybe some of those games he didn’t play, he could have actually played and been fine but he’s taking the precaution. So what?
Is it wrong for the guy to be thinking about his future? No, it is not. After all, he won’t be playing basketball forever and there’s life after basketball. I’m sure he would like to be able to shoot hoops with his son at the park in 10 years and not have to be sitting in a wheel chair to do it.
Better safe than sorry with this one. As a Chicago native and lifelong Bulls fan, I want Derrick Rose to be happy and healthy and I respect the choices he has made thus far to be just that. Although he is not near 100 percent yet, the more rest he does have, the closer he will get.
I would love to see an NBA Championship brought back to Chicago but in order for that to happen Rose has to stay healthy (and perhaps state to the media that he is on board with the long-term goals of the Bulls).
The Bulls organization clearly understands that they need Rose healthy and they will continue to stand by their super star’s decision to sit out of games.
So, why is it so hard for media and fans to understand?