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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  7 responses

Chicago Bulls Owner Concerned About Derrick Rose’s Minutes


Derrick Rose is averaging 35 minutes per game this season (which happens to be a career low), and as the reigning MVP battles through back and toe injuries, the man who cuts his checks is worried about how much Rose plays. From ESPN: “Chicago Bulls fans aren’t the only ones discussing and debating the issue of how much Derrick Rose should play with a sore back and nagging turf toe injury. Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf admits to watching Rose play and flashing back to the times he urged former coach Phil Jackson to rest Michael Jordan. ‘I’m one of those people who watches and thinks, ‘Why don’t you get him out of the game?’ Reinsdorf said of Rose. ‘When Michael was still in the game and he would be in at the end of big wins, I’d say, ‘Phil, why don’t you take him out?’ And Phil would say, ‘When I was with the Knicks, an opponent once scored 23 straight points against us at the end of a game to win.’ Reinsdorf rarely second-guesses his coaches and laughed that this was one time he wasn’t going to win an argument. ‘With Phil, he just wouldn’t listen,’ he said. ‘He just kept bringing up that same game.’ It doesn’t mean Reinsdorf ever fully came around. ‘If you’ve been around basketball long enough, someone is always going to win a game they have no business winning,’ he said, ‘but you can always put guys back in the game. It’s not like baseball. Years ago, there was a game the Dodgers lost because Tommy Lasorda pulled all of his starters out and the other team scored eight runs. But this isn’t baseball. I never really understood it.’”

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  • Justin G.

    Tough to put guys back in when they start putting ice bags on their knees because they think it’s over too. I mean, you’d still do it but it’s tough. I admit I used to think the same things during Bulls games though when Michael or Scottie would still be on the floor

  • AceRothstien

    Simple solution: Find a viable second option. Boozer and Hamilton are not cutting it.

  • robb

    The rest of the bulls can handle it until Rose is ready to go. They have a great bench

  • LA Huey

    They can’t ride Rose this hard and expect to win a chip. Front office should consider telling Thibs to cap Rose’s minutes in non-statement games. Rose won’t beat Miami himself and the other Bulls need to be put in a situation where someone else is forced to step up.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    I trust Thibs, he isn’t Del Stupido, I think he knows what he’s doing.

  • bull22

    i also share the concern, and thats why at some point especially against the miami heat, boozer and noah need to step it up and get it done this year to take pressure off rose, otherwise team will probably look different next year.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Boozer will never step up against good teams it seems.

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