Be Careful, Derrick Rose
I used to feel like we were tight. I felt comfortable calling you DRose. I believed that you could bring us a Championship here in Chicago. I believed that you truly loved the game of basketball and nothing could stand in your way of playing. Clearly, I was mistaken on several fronts. I'm not sure I ever knew you at all.
Mr. Rose, you now have the long term contract from the Bulls, an unbelievable contract from Adidas, as well as multiple other sponsorship deals. You are clearly rolling in dough. Good for you. Well deserved. But I am just not sure who is in control of you right about now. If your knee is not feeling right, then clearly, take as much time as you need. But there are some things that have come off as very odd in the last week.
Everything out of the Bulls camp said that you are on the road, right on track to where you should be. Your teammates have been completely behind you, as well as Coach Thibs and Bulls management. Without hesitation. And then, you do an interview with USA Today? Not ESPN, not local media, but USA Today? That was odd. And then, the quote out of your mouth a day later is if your knee does not feel right you 'won't mind missing the year.' Seriously?
There are so many things wrong with that statement I don't know where to begin. Not that you were ever in the same breath as Michael Jordan, because you weren't, but Mr. Rose, you had won over a huge percentage of Bulls fans since you were a rookie. You came off as humble, hard-working, generous-you won me over. But here we are. And I am not buying it. I'm not sure what is at play here-your agents, your "team" of Derrick Rose staff getting in your head. But the Derrick Rose that I remember watching a year ago would do everything and beyond to get back on the basketball floor. That man would never "be ok" with missing the year.
But things clearly have changed. I hope it works out for you. In the meantime, I will be cheering a little louder for the guys who are also banged up, but continue to fight day in and day out in their Chicago Bulls uniforms. The guys who clearly do mind missing the year, like Luol Deng and his wrist, Joakim Noah and his ongoing foot issues, as well as Kirk Hinrich and his multiple injuries.
Be careful, Mr. Rose. Be very careful. Chicago embraced you in your entirety-for who you are and what you brought to the Bulls and the city. If you're going all Hollywood with "your people", the Lakers could certainly use some help. Maybe you should visit?
Or better yet, think about taking over your OWN career. Because whoever you're getting advice from, doesn't know a thing about being Derrick Rose. You hear that BJ Armstrong?