Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  92 responses

Derrick Rose Angry Over a Lack of ‘Superstar’ Calls

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Judging from Derrick Rose’s tone last night, you’d have thought that the Chicago Bulls took an L against the bumbling New York Knicks. That wasn’t the case, of course, but the reigning MVP was fuming regardless.

DRose complained to the media about a perceived lack of whistles from the refs when he takes it hard to the cup, and defiantly said he didn’t mind getting hit with a fine by the NBA for voicing his frustrations.

From CSN Chicago‘s (and SLAM contributor) Aggrey Sam:

Rose, utilizing his typical attacking style of play, drove to the basket time and again against New York’s defense and while he went to the charity stripe nine times, he expressed his displeasure with the officiating afterwards. “I’ve got to be the only superstar in the league that’s going through what I’m going through right now,” he said, referring to his lack of free-throw attempts. “But I can’t say too much about it.”

“How many times did I shoot today? And I’m the point guard,” he said, before discussing his strategy to combat the problem. “Keep going hard and make them call it. Keep driving. Just try to put pressure on them. If anything, I was worried about my turnovers. [...] “I could care less right now [about being fined by the NBA for his comments],” the Englewood native continued. “I want to continue to play the way I know how to play. I came in this league a driver. Nothing has changed. I’ll continue to play hard and try to win.”

Derrick Rose said his monster dunk midway through the fourth quarter — the game’s signature moment — was a result of pent up frustration with the referees: “I was just mad I guess. I don’t usually dunk it. It takes me a lot to dunk. After that, I don’t know what was going on. I probably blacked out a bit. I was just mad I wasn’t getting any calls.”

With the Bulls sitting comfortably atop the Eastern Conference standings, this could be a case of Rose planting some psychological seeds in the officials’ minds so that he gets a few more calls when the Playoffs roll around, something that would make the fine that’s likely coming his way more than worth it.

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  • http://hoopshirts.com hoop shirts

    that dunk was dirty. but i feel his pain. he just needs to keep attacking the rim and he’ll get some calls.

  • Jeremy

    Tell ‘em Derrick. It’s sad, but Lin gets more damn whistles than you….

  • Htown713

    $95 mil contract w/the bulls, $200 mil contract with adidas…Derek is definitely NOT worried about a fine…lol

  • Ridin84z

    $90 milly from the bulls, $200 milly from adidas….Derek is definitely NOT worried about a fine from the league..lol!

  • keith250


  • http://www.kobebeefnba.com LDR4

    No one deserves superstar calls. Every game is called differently.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Rose may not get as many whistles as anyone likes, because he’s fouled almost every time he drives to the basket. I think there’s enough pressure on the refs as it is.

  • crooklyn

    @Jeremy- Lin doesn’t get enough calls, and Rose wasn’t complaining when Lin got two whistles against him and both replays showed Lin barely if not even touching the well deserved MVP of this “glorious” league. I hope the bulls are smart enough to not trade for d howard. Chicago may be too cold for him but Mike and co. kept it warm for a hot minute

  • Justin G.

    Maybe it stems from Jeff Van Gundy outing him when he observed the way Rose snaps his head back every time he gets to the hoop.

  • drgooglib

    Derrick Rose needs to get over himself. Ever hear of a guy named Dwight Howard? He literally gets beaten up just about every night the Orlando Magic play. He draws way more contact without getting a whistle than Derrick Rose ever will.

  • OneStep

    He’s right. Considering this is a “superstar” league and Rose is the reigning MVP I’m amazed by the punishment he gets dealt every game. It seems like the refs don’t see him in the same light as the other “superstars”. Then again, I’m not a fan of the “superstar” league and would rather see everything being called evenly. Which will never happen. Some nights you get them. Some nights you don’t. It happens in every league across the world. So, in conclusion, deal with it.

  • Bmack

    Justin, That’s to avoid contact from the arms of the seven footers he’s driving on. I don’t know maybe it’s just me, but i’d probably make an evasive head move rather than get smacked in the dome by a 7 footer. Also if he was doing it like wade and lebron, (AKA crying to a ref everytime someone sneezes.) then I could see you having an issue.

  • Mooney10

    Lin got eaten up, played well but eaten up, kid can’t play D and if the refs actually called ish, he would have been sitting the majority of that game.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Superstar calls are bullsh*t anyway. Like he said keep attacking and you’ll get those calls. There’s a lot of times where the Bulls as a whole hack away so it goes both ways.

  • http://www.twitter.com_dfrance dfrance21

    ^The head snap Van Gundy was referring to was not an evasive mid air move, its when he’s driving and gets bumped and flails like he got shot. I think they officiate Rose preety fair. He initiates 90% of the contact. That doesn’t mean he’s not getting fouled, but you can’t expect to lower your head and drive into people and get the call every time.

  • quest

    rose doest attack to draw fous its his fault really. guys like harden kobe ai ans wade dont try to find a way around defenders as much as rose does. he juat needs to work on it because nba players dont hack so u have to draw fouls on them

  • The Spaniard

    You youngsters are something else.

    A lot of the times when Rose goes to the basket he isn’t attacking head on, body to body. He is shooting a variety of floaters and some hybrid scoop/hook shots in an explicit attempt to AVOID CONTACT with the defender. Plus, the NBA foul rules indicate that the players movement must be rerouted or disrupted, in most cases, in order for a foul to be called. Rose is a victim of his own strength and speed.

    …which is a big reason why player’s flail when they get hit, in order to show that their motion was disrupted.

  • kbiz

    Bmack, it’s not an attempt to avoid anything he’s doing a flop to get the call. Every time he takes it to the basket he is going to snap his head back and yell out like he was hit, and if anyone’s arms are near his he will throw his arms up like he was hit on them. Also it’s always likely that he will go to the ground after the drive, regardless. It’s something most guys do in the NBA, it’s just another form a flop. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, getting to the foul line is obviously very important, but yes (especially these days) almost every play has a flop and both teams are constantly jawing the with the ref trying to wear on them and get some sympathy or “fairness” calls later in the game.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Speaking of initiating contact did anyone see CP3 jump back into a player when he was already past him? That was a bs call if I’ve ever seen one.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    What a humble dude, never complains about calls.
    Come on drose you are getting less humble every day.
    Start taking some dance lessons.

  • timbo slice

    co sign Bmack, the heat argue over every little touch, rose gets bumped alot and this is the first time ive ever heard about him complaining.
    however as much i dont agree with superstar calls in general you gotta give him credit for continuing to attack

  • DruNyce

    ‘He’s so humble’…. sike. I never brought into that myth. You don’t call yourself a SS; you let other people acknowledge you as one. Rose crying for special treatment from the refs is a joke. I watched the game, there was bad calls (non calls) on both ends of the floor.

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  • RunNGun

    If I was a ref, I would have double-T’ed D-ROSE.

  • Yesse

    I agree with him.

    If the refs favor guys like LeBron and Kobe, why not Derrick? I mean, first of all everybody should get equal calls but since they don’t, i think Derrick should be on the same level.

    I think he plays more agressive than anybody out there right now.

  • LA Huey

    In general, the “superstar calls” are a myth. As many bogus calls the stars get, there are a lot of non-calls to even things out.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    Lin already gets superstar calls. Every game I watch…if he whips his head back, the refs give him the call. And I don’t mind Rose doing this. Wade has made his living off of complainng to the refs all game and scoring a majority of his points from the line. Rose plays the exact same way but doesn’t get the calls because often times he doesn’t complain enough. Well complain away my friend.

  • JM

    Yah, surprised to be hearing this from Rose… he’s always been a humble guy, to suddenly speak of himself as a superstar is a bit out of character… regardless, the game should be called the same way for scrubs and stars, but isn’t, so let’s get over that…

  • robb


    He’s a superstar. He’s humble, but false modesty is not his thing. Leave that to Kevin Durant.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    He is humble, I think you guys are getting modest and humble mixed up. But anyways, he needs to get those calls. Lin is getting those calls and he sucks.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Rose already complains enough, after every call that doesn’t go his way, just like every other superstar in the league. He always gets a couple of phantom calls every game, once again like every other superstar. It all balances out.

  • http://cechicagorilla@aol.com yada

    lets be honest. in the NBA if u drive the lane and go “AHHH” or “HEEEYY” you’re likely to get the call wheather u were fouled or not

  • http://cechicagorilla@aol.com yada

    oh yea being humble has nothing to do with not speaking up for yourself. humble doesnt = stand there and shut up

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    He complains after each call? Gosh you’re stupid.

  • marc


  • robb

    ^^^^^ but he can play like one

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

    Co-sign yada, smartest comment thus far.

  • apache

    dont call yourself a superstar and stop complaining

  • Brion

    wade gets the most ridiculous calls of any player.

  • TheTwoTimer

    What superstar calls? Those non-calls are very regular now in the NBA. What are you too soft to not to handle body contact? Good thing you’re not a C/PF ‘coz we are the ones who are always getting beaten down low even if we don’t have the ball, especially if you’re matched up against someone with a few dirty tricks down in the post.

  • dma

    “How many times did I shoot today? And I’m the point guard”
    i don’t get it. shouldn’t you be worried about getting your team shots and not yourself? that one replay they showed last night was the worse when rose fell and nobody really touched him but hubie was so adamant that lin pushed him from behind.

  • bike

    Well, if the refs are motivating you to do a game changing monster dunk on the drive, don’t knock it. If your game is taking it to the rack hard, then expect contact that will be sometimes overlooked by the officials. That’s the game these days.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Lol two time shut up rec league isn’t the same as the nba. Rose doesn’t get the calls he should but hopefully this helps him to.

  • Kurino

    What stands out the most is the fact that Rose called himself a “Superstar”. LOL
    We know you are a superstar Derrick. You don’t have to say it.

  • JM

    There’s nothing humble about calling yourself a superstar. Not saying he cant speak up for himself, but this is a separate thing.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    Come on guys quit the crap Rose isnt humble just like any star player.
    Calling yourself a superstar just breaks every rule of being humble.
    this is what the dictonary says:

    1.not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.

    2.having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, etc.: In the presence of so many world-famous writers I felt very humble.

    3.low in rank, importance, status, quality, etc.; lowly: of humble origin; a humble home.

    DROSE is going to be less good if he is not humble but just quit the crap.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    i meant Drose is not going be less good if he is not humble.

  • anonymous

    This fool is a drama queen. The league has already been “watered-down” for these dudes playing now so that guards like rose driving to the basket get more than the benefit of the whistle whether it`s “a tap” or “a hard foul.” yet he is so delusional where he thinks he`s going to get quote-on-quote “superstar” calls not one, not two but “every time” he drives to the basket. Get out of here with that none sense. Constantly, whining about crazy stuff – other players dancing in all-star games, the dhoward trade chatter, and now this. Please stop. Just stop talking.


    Quit your b!tchit peeps ! Youre starting to confuse yourselves. Nice way to let them know with a dunk D.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    I hate when people expect to get “superstar” calls. Basically looking for the refs to bail him out, couple that with the fact that the Bulls have some of the most active (fouling) hands in the league. Whens the last time Noah played someone clean, or stood still when he set a high pick? They won the game, sometimes calls arent gonna go your way, but they more often go his way than not, so I feel speaking out like this is a bad look.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The humble one displays another bout of arrogance.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Rose is very good at avoiding contact. And he’s so strong a lot of the contact doesn’t look like it affects him. His FT attempts have always been lower then they should be. But idk if b*tching about it is the right decision. It might be.

  • Jeff

    All this crap would be drastically reduced if the ref’s would call the game according to the rules. By allowing the crap on the court the ref’s don’t know where to to draw the line game to game. Walks, moving picks, no call bang’em up charges, and hard fouls that risk careers sets the case for what should be predicable rule calling to strickly subjective “seat of the pants” decisions by the ref’s.

    D’Hoops shut’em up with that SLAM…..Who Wa…….!!!!

  • Luiyo

    So much for the super humble kid, nobody really humble calls himself “superstar” so KD is alone right now… Rose you still are second

  • Clementina V

    DRose you are a star keep shinning. If NBA give you a fine for expressing yourself we your “Dedicated Fans”will pay it off. You are CHERISHED by us. Peace/Love/Happiness Keep believing in yourself and Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    Complaining about the refs while referring to yourself as a superstar. Guess the D in D-Rose stands for dumb@$$!

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    1st rose twists and avoids contact, just like he always has. he doesn’t do it as much as he used to, but he doesn’t allow contact to happen like wade, westbrook, lebron and say eric gordon do. and 2nd…. I honestly don’t know how I feel about this comment. on the one hand this is NOT humble…dead that. But… on the other hand does it matter? if i’m the youngest, and one of the most athletic mvp’s in history…. haven’t I earned the right to call myself a superstar? can i afford to be humble in a place like the nba? there’s a difference between being humble and keeping your ego in check.

  • LA Huey

    As Phil Jackson proved, time and time again: The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

  • cecilia rowley

    the only superstar in the league???? man! let others recognized you insted of lifting your own chair.why you are not sure of your own status you have to remind people? for what to get special treatment???
    what a big head!!

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    You guys are lames, so pointing out the obvious is arrogance? Because he clearly started the obvious, he’s a superstar? He did he must be, not he is. He’s a superstar everyone fricking knows that he didn’t call himself anything more than what he is.

  • Ridin84z

    When your making a guaranteed $200m, whats there to complain about.

  • http://slamonline house

    @cecilia Rowley: try engaging that brain of yours before you speak huh?

  • brandon

    bulls sitting comfortably atop the East? they have just as many losses as Miami and have played 4 more games..get real

  • roybot

    Wow so all these guys don’t think D. Rose is a superstar? If he’s a superstar, then obviously he knows it himself and has the right to call himself one. You guys have the right to call yourselves superstars too if you played like one, but you guys don’t, and Derrick does. What kind of MVP is not allowed to call himself a superstar??? He’s obviously frustrated or else he wouldn’t have said ANY of this. SMH @ people thinking they’re all morally/egotistically superior to an NBA superstar(It was me who said it that time, NOT DERRICK) because they got nothing better to do with their lives, so they have to analyze NBA players’ lives. On a closing note, If you guys are talking humble AND modest, theres a recently retired baller by the name of Brandon Roy who doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.

  • Mark

    I love how he begins to complain about this before the Heat game! A few extra points from a foul is not going to get you the win! Noah, Boozer and Deng need to become better shooters. Your defense is one of the strongest in the league and your offense is a B at best! The Heat can better penetrate the basket and are also a top defensive team in the league. Bosh dominated against Noah and Deng! Rose, your job is to play the game! Don’t be an official, be a leader!

  • khalil salman

    That dude isn’t a superstar superstars don’t complain Lebron doesn’t complaint anymore d rose isn’t even good he shoots less than 45% percent each game nash is better over and so is cp3

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Reading comprehension is golden. No one is saying he isn’t a superstar it’s just funny to hear him say “I’m the only superstar” when it comes to not getting calls. There are plenty of games where he indeed gets the benefit of the whistle. It’s just human nature to only focus on the times things don’t go your way.

  • Jerome

    The Clippers/Celts game had wayyyyy more contact … very few calls … better game all around. Rose is letting the MVP go to his head.

  • khalil salman

    Wade is 10x better than rose hands down

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    “LeBron doesn’t complain anymore”

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    What the hell is going on around here?

  • vaughn stroud

    Its just no you, its all the other players also. Last night i watched Blake Griffin get shoved out of bounse right in front of the ref and no call was made. Kobe bryant goes to the all the time. Your big centers around the league are always getting fouled and the refs either wait to see if the shot was made or sometimes they don’t make a call at all. What the commissioner will do is fine any player or coach if they speak out against the refs rather than fix the problem. It reminds of the days of Larry bird where 1 photo of him was taken of him shooting his pattened jump shot and a foul was called and there was no foul. that is what makes me mad sometimes with the nba. david stern have yours call the game farely, that all your basketball fans want. I’m a longtime fan and you can’t fine me. Get together stop the bias no call or call abuse.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Reading comprehension is good. He said he MUST be not that he is. Anyways Wade is not better lolll.

  • roybot

    T-Ray, you’re absolutely correct, its human nature to let the negatives rather than positives go to your head. Derrick Rose is a human. Superstars are human. Derrick is a superstar who has human nature and will say things that express HIS feelings and only his, so why all the hate? He makes mistakes that even the most humble of humans will make. All these people are suddenly treating him like he’s the most arrogant person in the L.
    This should be a non-story, period. If they fine him, then they fine him, he will move on, get some more 30+scoring games, will surely get 25+ shots in plenty more games and most people will forget he said any of this. Done defending Rose, let’s let the MVP do that for himself.

  • AiRsMiTh

    @ LDR4 Yes.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    red wade isn’t better than rose? your hilarious.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chubachuchi

    If stating an arguable opinion is considered arrogant I’m pretty sure no one is humble. If Kobe, Wade, and Bron get calls off petty contact and b*tching at the refs it should be a given that Drose should get to the foul line alot too considering the contact he takes when he drives, which is often. KD won’t complain about this cause he gets superstar calls too. I agree that fouls aren’t called on Rose cause hes too fast and strong it seems like nothing happened, but there is contact. Still,he should be getting more calls though.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Every year around this time this same conversation about DRose not getting calls comes up. But truth is, it varies from game to game with him. Some games Derrick gets a lot of calls, other games, like last night, he doesn’t.
    I’m sure it’s frustrating because he knows guys like Kobe, Bron, DWade and KD all get tons of calls, but it’s good that he spoke up and ate the fine because maybe that’ll help him get those whistles.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    1. Rose is a superstar
    2. All players complain and feel like they don’t get calls.
    3. Rose and Chicago fans feel like it’s especially true for him.
    4. Lots of fans enjoy false modesty like they enjoy false hustle
    5. I can’t believe people care this much about his comments.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    ^ that’s why i think this may have been the right decision. it’s hard to say those, some refs are definitely not going to like him insinuating there is even a such thing as “superstar calls” though. I bet they would have rather him said foul calls other guys get.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    That was in response to BC

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    $25K fine…Rose just bought a $2.8 million condo in Trump Towers.
    He’ll be aight…

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Rose is the man, I can’t wait until he gets some offensive help, so he can put the Heat out. BOOK IT!!

  • michael

    people that say rose is being a baby obviously doesnt watch bulls games rose was on a mission last nite and he should of went to the line 20 times he goes in the lane and puts his body and career at risk more than any other player in the nba and its not fair he has to get hammered for the refs to blow the whistle, deron williams went to the line 20 something times when he was in a normal rose attack mode, every game the refs swallow their whistle, and rose is not like other players he gets to the lane and basket more than anyone and shouldnt be 18th in free throws he should be in the top 5

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    i love derrick rose but i disagree. i HATE those fouls that are called just because they are (example), kobe bryant or lebron james or dwayne wade or even pau gasol. working the ref’s i can understand but calls need to be more consistant no matter who you are

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Lol wade is better than Rose, that’s cute.

  • ClydeSays

    DRose & co could take a cue from MJ. Talk to the refs & you might get some consideration. Scream at them & they’ll take pleasure in NOT giving you the call.

  • Jordan

    you damn right he could care less because he got that damn nba and adidas contract

  • Ryan

    DRose is a g and will always be a g. He’s a superstar because everyone calls him a superstar. He is playing the cards that are dealt to him and I give him mad respect. Everyone says something dumb every now and then but that doesn’t mean he is not humble. Figure it out world

  • Tom

    its always the same with the refs, when you are big at your position, you do not get enough foul calls going your way. Shaq used to get fouled every time, Dwight, Lebron, and Rose should all be going to the line a lot more than they are at right now. If your Kobe or Durant, its like your arm is so small and weak that when anyone touches you it becomes obvious to the refs, but for the freakish athlete like Rose when people touch him, he is able to power through it and the refs see a decent shot put up so they swallow the whistle.

  • Justin

    Even though he is MVP, I’m shocked he called himself a “superstar”. Very out of character DRose. I hope the fame is not getting to his head. I can’t even see Lebron saying that, even though he thinks it.

  • huggy55

    This is just more Bullsh**. Just like Jordan and Pippin use against the Detroit Piston(bad boys). In the playoffs that year Laimbeer would get knocked to the ground and no call and Jordan would shoot 3 free throws on a shot attempt where Dumars lacked two feet of ever touching him.