Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 11:20 am  |  18 responses

Derrick Rose, Tom Thibodeau Unhappy With the Refs

Derrick Rose has promised to play more aggressively on the offensive end for his team (and did just that last night in Sacramento), but the Bulls’ point guard and his head coach are less than pleased with the way the referees are treating him. Per ESPN: “Yeah, I think I’ll pass that along to the officials too,’ [Tom Thibodeau] said while discussing Rose’s aggression at the rim. ‘He was in an attack mode right from the start of the game and that’s usually who he is. I thought he set the tone at both ends. He’s got to drive with more force I guess. Sometimes I think him being such a nice guy goes against him too. He’s driving the ball … I think it’s been [in the last two games] four free throws, six free throws, and he’s attacking the basket. He’s getting hit sometimes. We got to have him continue to do it and generate the force and force them to make the call, because right now he’s not getting the call.’ Rose also expressed frustration. ‘I’m kind of mad,’ he said. ‘The refs got me messed up. Late in the game, it threw off my game a little bit. But I told you from the beginning, just attacking the hole. They’re giving me open shots, I’m going to take them. That’s what I tried to do tonight.’ Thibodeau was unhappy that Rose wasn’t getting more whistles on offense. Rose, on the other hand, seemed most displeased with the fact that he was getting too many whistles on the defensive end. Rose, who finished the contest with five fouls, said he has tried to have more of a dialogue with the officials. ‘I try, man,’ he said. ‘I don’t know what it is. Even in preseason. Last year, a couple years [ago] I could go a whole game with one foul. [In the] preseason, they were giving me fouls, I wasn’t even near the play. But that’s something I’ve just got to get through. And that’s something I just can’t worry about.’”

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  • charliewinning

    Maybe a whistle or two shouldn’ve gone his way, but let’s not start blaming the refs because Rose wants more “superstar” calls. That’s why the NBA today is perceived as soft. Every time a player is touched a tiny bit, he either flops or cries that he didn’t get the call. Overall this is a problem in the league now.

  • bull22

    he does get hammered alot like in all the playoff series last year because of the fear this guy can put into a team with his ability. just needs to keep forcing the issue and make the refs make the calls.

  • LA Huey

    Rose is hardly the type to whine about non-calls. There hasn’t been a little dude taking a beating driving the lane like him since Iverson.

  • robb

    they are right. Maybe Rose needs to yell at the refs a la Kobe and put some pressure on them so he can get the right calls

  • http://slam.online house

    I partly agree and even though I am a massive DRose fan, the charges that he got pinged for were valid in my eyes. There did seem to be a lot of ticky tack fouls being called thou in the Kings game.

  • shuref00t

    I’m expecting the league to handout steep fines to both D.Rose and Thibodeau now. Hell, Slam might even get a fine for reporting this. Players and coaches should know better: you don’t talk bad about the officiating. Stern don’t play dat!

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

    I haven’t seen a bulls game so I can’t comment, but they should get fined, its standard now.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Yeah they should get fined cause the first rule about fight club is……?

  • anonymous

    @la huey little guy?? uhm, rose is 6’3, is he not? Iverson is barely 6’0. and I`m not even going to go into detail about the differences in weight and build. Iverson literally threw himself into defenders to get the shot up otherwise he would have his shot rejected everytime. not a fair comparison.

    rose needs to stop whining. there are times when he`s going to get calls and other times when he is not, just like everyone else in the history of the nba.

    touching or tapping doesn`t warrant a foul followed by free throws if the opposing team is in the penalty. besides a lack of sufficient talent and big men to go around, the current nba has a serious issue with its lack of toughness. and this complaining after only a few games is a prime example of this ongoing issue. too many young, soft players who have come into the league with or developed a sense of entitlement just because of who they are.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    ^yeah because 6’3 is a giant, I forgot how monstrous 6’3 is. SMH, where do some of these guys come from?

  • riggs

    refs all around the league have been messing up at the start of the season. Lots of rookie refs this year as well.

  • Lloyd

    Glad the refs aren’t calling those fouls. It’s ridiculous what gets called nowadays. It seems like refs are generally judging if there’s contact by the reaction of the player rather than by seeing any dicernable foul. It ruins the flow of the game and gets turned into an acting match rather than a competitive sport. Shameful.

  • Justin G.

    After watching the Bulls/Lakers game, if the refs were judging based on a player’s reaction, Kobe and Pau would go to the line every time they drove the lane. I couldn’t believe how annoying it was getting listening to them both yell everytime they shot the ball near the hoop.

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    “Calls these days”. I love how people who witnessed a lot of early 90s hoop say stuff like that, cmon. Jordan got so many calls, I’ve watched the games on tape man.

  • LA Huey

    I guess compared to the average person, Derrick Rose isn’t “little”. But size is relative and we’re talking about the NBA where he gives up a good half foot to guys you await him in the paint. And relativity is the same reason I’m not going to label a commenter an idiot considering the rest of the small-brained cats on these boards.

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