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Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  28 responses

Derrick Rose Blames Himself for Chicago Bulls’ Collapse


DRose blamed himself quite a bit for his team’s shortcomings in the Eastern Conference Finals, but I’m not sure there’s anything else he could’ve done against this Miami Heat juggernaut. From SI: “At the end it’s on me,’ said Rose, who had 25 points on 29 shots to go with eight assists and four turnovers. ‘Everything is on me — turnovers, missed shots, fouls … I wasn’t tired. I was just making dumb decisions and it cost us this game.’ Of course that wasn’t true. In fact he was in the same hopeless position James, Wade and Bosh had been before they joined together — he was one MVP trying to beat several stars at their collective best. Rose, who had converted a spinning, high-difficulty leaner moments earlier, was unable to finish another difficult runner. At the other end he watched James deliver another three, and it was 79-79 with 1:01 remaining. By now Rose wasn’t able to complete a simple lateral in the frontcourt. It was stolen by James, who dribbled down the clock as defender Ronnie Brewer watched helplessly, then strode left to drain a keytop jumper. Coming out of their ensuing timeout trailing 81-79 with 29.5 seconds left, the Bulls were greeted by a standing ovation. But there was no confidence behind it. It was farewell applause. Rose drove right at James with no hope but to draw the foul. He missed the second free throw hard off the back iron. Bosh made two free throws to stretch it out to the final score. It ended when Kyle Korver picked up his dribble 30 feet from the basket as seconds escaped like balloon air until Rose got it back with nowhere to go. He dribbled around the arc in front of 6-foot-8 Udonis Haslem. James blocked his shot from the side. In that moment as the buzzer sounded, Rose and James were facing each other the way boxers pose, the heavyweight against the bantam. One will seek to improve as James has done, and the other will continue to pursue a goal of which he, Wade and Bosh could never be certain of achieving this season. Even now they still can’t be sure of beating Dallas in the Finals, which is a good thing for them. See how well they respond to doubt?”

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  • RobbieJay

    im not surprised

  • Oh Nose

    I hope at the pre-season media session Derrick says “Why not…can’t I be the finals MVP of the league?”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    As he should, I love Drose, but he really f*cked up big time. A foul on a Dwade drive, foul on a mf 3pointer (made) from Dwade, missed shots, a TO, missed FT and a botched final play in which Korver and Deng where wide-open and he decided to shoot it over LeBron and Haslem, I believe.

  • Eddie1

    YOU IDIOTS DID YOU REMEMBER WHEN I SAID SLAM WOULD POST THIS? Derrick rose is always such a punk. I’ll blame myself blah blah blah. Let me show you what I wrote guys.

  • Eddie1

    This is what I wrote in Derrick Rose Accepts Blame for Game 4 Lost

    Eddie1 Posted: May.25 at 10:29 am
    Drose is always accepting the blame, thinking it will resolve him of guilt. Quit making a headline of it Slam. I bet you after Game 5, Slam will have another post saying Drose accepts blame for series lost. Homie hand back your MVP.

  • jufu

    eddie, tell me when you put a team that would otherwise be in the basement on your back and carry them to the league’s best record, taking the celtics to seven as a rookie, and take them to the conference finals in your third year. little punk.

  • Oh Nose

    Don’t hate Eddie…LBJ HAD to leave Cleveland to join Wade JUST to beat the C’s, like Cris Carter says, “C’MON MAN…”. I don’t understand how you are asking him to hand back his regular season MVP, if the MVP continued all the way until finals, LeBron would not have a MVP. If I recall, he gave up on his team, TWICE

  • bull22

    @eddie, you really are a cool dude, but rose is making himself accountable, remember in seasons past lebrona and wade were always blaming everyone but themselves… you talked about illuminati, i think we to rename it sternatti…

  • bashmo

    Loooolll but in all honesty this is a series that should open up the eyes of many who thought DRose is the best PG in the league..dude aint even close to Cp3, Dwill and Steve Nash..guy is great but is a SG

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    How many years now is it that the League MVP did not make the Finals??

  • AD

    he has no1 else to blame … if he would have hit his freethrows there maybe a another game but realllyy…. ITs gon be bout dem NETS NEXT YEAR HAA (DRAKE VOICE)

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    He’s not absolving himself of guilt, he’s a 22 year old being honest about how he feels he let his team down. I’d rather have that then someone referring to himself in the 3rd person. Plus, he’s not solely to blame, but he’s right.

  • riggs

    its absolve, not resolve. idiot.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    why would it be resolve? whats he fixing with someone? ass.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Blaming himself isn’t being a punk. He’s being a leader and taking responsibility. He’s not making excuses and blaming his elbow, or his teammates, or his coach for not resting him in the 4th. It’s pretty damn mature for a 22 year old.

  • bull22

    @1982, thats a good point… its amazing how alot of these so call experts (idiots) overlook the fact the rose was getting clobbered alot and it took the full effort of the heat just to beat rose…. rose is a very special player…

  • bull22

    @mcho, exactly but many here have forgotten that. its like jordan said many years ago when the knicks beat a jordanless bulls, and he felt motivated because the knicks acted all big and bad because they beat the little brother without the big brother and he felt motivated after that to help the bulls win more titles.

  • Eddie1

    Do any of y’all have NBA 2K11 for PS3? Let’s play online once the network comes back on.

  • http://null.com Anon

    @Eddie1

    No.

  • Eddie1

    No as in not having the game or No as in not wanting to play with Eddie. SQUAD UP

  • zeekthefreak

    anybody who defended DRose, and made a good point, thank you. Respect the Bulls. The next 4 years the Bulls and Heat will match up at least 2 or 3 times, if not 4 times in the playoffs. These are the teams on the rise.

  • r2j

    Rose will be fine. The Bulls are the same as OKC when you REALLY THINK ABOUT IT. Bulls are 1 more scorer away from being a force. It takes a real dude to blame himself for the mishaps in the playoffs and against Miami. They already showing his adidas commercials right now. He knows now what it’s like to be in a tough series, they know how to beat Miami and trust me when I say Miami will see Chicago (My city) for several more years. Rose will FINALLY get a scoring SG and Asik back from the leg strain, We’ll see what more LeBron and Wade have in their bag of tricks. Proud of the Bulls and very proud of Rose for showing the world that he will be an elite player and the scary part is he hasn’t scratched the surface on what he can really do. Let’s if the Heat can do this to the Mavs.

  • http://slamonline.com JAY

    d.rose isn’t close to cp3, d.will or nash. you’re right. they were at home watching. he also chopped up every top rank pg this year.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    jay don’t act like cp3 isnt better than him at literally everything except scoring(and even then cp3 shoots a better fg% lol) and he has for more help than cp3 does. rose is nice…but no

  • barnabusb

    Rose got schooled this series. He failed in the clutch over and over and over again. But then again, so did that LeBron guy a few years ago and look at him now. Chin up, Rose — you’re still young.

  • Darrell Robinson

    First off…I have to congratulate D. Rose on a great season. He earned MVP, but I did not expect him to help lead the Bulls to the ECF this season. I thought the Bulls would lose in the second round. Also, he needs to not be so hard on himself. It is true he did made some bad decisions (could have gotten his team more involved in the series with the Heat), but the rest of the Bulls really didn’t give him any help. They sort of lost their motivation after Game 1. If anyone of the Bulls needs to be hard on themselves, it’s the rest of the team, not D. Rose.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    bulls are in one of the worst divisions in history.

  • rob

    d rose is a better player than cp3 he is a top three player and one day will be the top player in the world

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