Be Careful,Derrick Rose

Be Careful, Derrick Rose

2/18/13 in NBA   |   Fishchick17   |   36 respect

Feb 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls injured point guard Derrick Rose shoots before the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the United Center.  Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY SportsDear Mr. 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?
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2/20/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Fishchick17 wrote:
I would be totally OK if Rose missed the entire season. I found his comments callous. And I feel like his "team" is manipulating information so no one knows whats going on. I thought Rose came off as selfish when I have never seen that before. His words made me angry.

Exactly, the Bulls are almost playing mind games with the league. Don't you think Rose is playing a little too? He's gotta be sick of the questions. I will be shocked not to see him out there for the playoffs. I think he's just having a little fun with the media.

2/20/13   |   Fishchick17   |   36 respect

I would be totally OK if Rose missed the entire season. I found his comments callous. And I feel like his "team" is manipulating information so no one knows whats going on. I thought Rose came off as selfish when I have never seen that before. His words made me angry.

2/19/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

You do realize how violent of a style he plays. An injury like this can mess people up mentally, even someone as mentally strong as Rose. Everyone heals differently. Keep in mind recovery time for his injury is between 8-12 months. Considering the Bulls are in good position to make the playoffs and even finish as a top 5 seed, there is no rush. He could come back in April just as Jordan did in 85 after breaking his foot, and be there in time for the postseason. I completely disagree with your thoughts here. You come across as a selfish fan who doesn't care about the athlete. You only want them to perform and win games. News flash: they are human too. Stop being callous and just enjoy the game.