Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  37 responses

Derrick Rose Not Upset With Late-Game Benching

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

The Chicago Bulls were able to handle business against the visiting Miami Heat last night, and they did it largely without Derrick Rose.

The reigning MVP was awful — coming off an ankle injury, Rose only mustered a career-low two points on 1/13 shooting from the field — and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau decided it was in the best interest of the team if Derrick sat on the bench at crunchtime.

Thibodeau was proven correct, as Derrick Rose’s backup C.J. Watson — who forced overtime with a three — was able to help lead Chicago to the big win. Following the game, Rose said he had absolutely no issue with the benching.

From ESPN:

“I’m fine, man,” Rose said. “Anything to win. Where he felt that lineup was going to win the game, it won the game, and I can’t complain about anything.” Thibodeau decided to ride the hot hand of Rose’s backup, C.J. Watson, down the stretch. Watson scored 16 points along with nine assists and hit a three-pointer with 2.2 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

Thibodeau admitted it was a little strange benching the reigning MVP. “It’s a great question,” Thibodeau said. “Big picture, in terms of, if this were his first or second year, maybe you would be more concerned with that. But where Derrick is now as a player, he knows, he understands the situation. He’s coming off an injury, he’s a very confident guy. He’ll get up to speed very quickly. The thing that you love about him, he was so happy we won, and so happy for his teammates, and that’s who Derrick is.” [...] “It’s the same, where I’m just trying to get my rhythm back,” Rose said, “I had worse games than this. I’m just happy that we got the win; that’s the only thing that matters to me.” Joakim Noah praised the way Rose handled the situation. “No, there’s nothing to be upset about,” Noah said. “When your leader is a team-first guy, it trickles down to everybody. It shows what kind of character he has. We’re trying to win here. It was a great team effort.”

Derrick Rose says that his ankle feels good, and that it’s only a matter of time until the rust from missing so many games this season (23) goes away. One can probably assume that there aren’t too many more late-game benchings in his future.

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  • AsadSaleh3

    He’s a superstar in the mold of Tim Duncan. Great attitude. Selfless attitude.

  • FLIGHT 9

    Bulls all the way!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com samoaninlondon

    look right – lebron has a hat on in that sprite advertisement.

  • nella

    Anyone who knows Derrick and the bulls knows this isn’t a problem. He doesn’t put himself above the team, and its going to be a process working back from injury as it would be for anyone. Nothing to see here.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Watching the game, you could tell Rose did not want to come out of the game, but he was humble enough to sit on the bench and allow his team to play. That’s a leader, when you don’t have it going, you know how to move out of the way and let others lead.

  • http://kb24.com x-DrEw_MaiN-x

    this is what i love about DRose, he cares about his team more than himself being benched and not able to do what he had to, he’s a true, humble leader

  • Geo

    Rose is a team player Kobe would be bitching forever.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    If I hear the word “humble” again with anything that has to do with an athlete, I swear I will lock myself in a room and listen to Lil B for 10 straight hours.

  • bike

    This seems so contrived.

  • Dirtybird

    Bring some snacks, JTaylor lol


    What I would do is keep the ball in Watson’s hands and ride him like freaking secretariat. Sincerely, PRINGLES

  • ALD

    the word humble is overrrrrated in sports… When ppl say , “i’m goin to stay humble” meaning your not humble. There is nothing wron with being arrogant on the court, just back it up.


    I’m so impressed with how humble Rose is.

  • Detroit Dave

    I think tha word “humble” fits Rose…” I swear I will lock myself in a room and listen to Lil B for 10 straight hours” bette get started loc…haha

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Lmao at JTaylor

  • http://www.slamonline.com T-Virus

    DRose is a greatly young leader that understands the situation at hand definitely more to come from the MVP

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Non story here. Thibodeau is a confident coach who has the trust of his team. Spoelstra is lost, desperately flinging stuff against a wall and hoping something sticks.

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

    JT why would you subject yourself to such torture?! And yes the word humble is used way too much when talking about athletes. I do commend Rose for not pouting but that’s what he’s supposed to do good job nothing special.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Spo really is clueless when it comes to this roster, he needs to humbly resign.
    Aye JTaylor:
    Hopped up in my car (swag!) then I drop my roof
    Wet like wonton soup. That’s just how I do (swag!)
    Then I park my car, then I f*ck your b1tch
    Eat that wonton soup, wet like wonton soup

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/39910/knicks-will-miss-lin-during-playoff-push Paul H

    … in my Lexus coup …

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

    Rose is the most humble superstar ever. lol

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

    Lol at Slick you slick one you.

  • http://slamonline.com chicity

    the way humble is defined says that your not arrogant derrick rose isnt arrogant so before you say some thing dumb think about what you wanna say before you say it

  • robb

    Of course Rose is upset, but not with his coach, but with himself, the guy is a true competitor and you can bet he’ll be working his tail off to get to his MVP level

  • AsadSaleh3

    The consistent coverage of D-Rose’s character is, in my opinion, an attempt to pit him against the other superstars especially LeBron. If there’s any superstar who’s out of sorts and is opposite from Rose, it’s Dwight Howard. Say what you will about LeBron, but he’s a grown man who makes decisions and stands by them. You may not have liked the ESPN show or the concert that the “Big 3″ had in summer ’10, but LeBron knew what he wanted to do and did it. Rose is a quiet guy, not flashy at all. Even his game, while exciting, is very fundamentally based. The media members who continue to discuss Rose’s humble nature are doing it to try to convince people that he’s unlike the rest of the guys. That’s clearly their agenda. Any NBA player has an ego especially the top guys. Some guys are public with it, some aren’t.

  • toinefan88

    i’VE HEARD this about Rose all his career. What a great attitude to have. I’ve seen some guys throw stuff around the locker room in the same situation.

  • naoanaoa

    This is why rose is arguably the best NBA team player in the league. Says a lot about this guys character… Just a great professional and team mate.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Non story…. BREAKING- Derrick Rose not upset that a bird crapped on his windshield!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @JTaylor, Dude, there actually are humble athletes. Troy Polamalu is an extremely humble guy(off the field that is). Same with Arian Foster.

  • spike

    Rose is fundamentally humble. It’s because he had a humble coach who taught humble fundamentals. Some guys are humble, but not fundamentally humble. Rose works hard like a bee. Like a humble bumble bee.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    That was the right call. AS a matter of fact, I was watching the game and thinking that Rose should be benched. Here’s why, he’s rusty, trying to do too much and not doing it, and more importantly, the team is playing well without him. I thought that the ball was moving very well when he wasn’t on the court and Wade absolutely abused him when the Heat made their run with 2-3 minutes left. So that was the right call. Frankly, if I were Thibs, I would bring him off the bench for a couple of games until he gets his rythm back. Remember, this is the NBA and you fall far behind if you miss a week of action. And Rose hasn’t consistently in like a month.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Last sentence should read:”And Rose hasn’t played consistently in like a month.”

  • http://Facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    @M Cho I’m with you, has any coach ever had the type of talent Spoelstra does at the 2,3 and 4 and had a more anemic offense? And not been able to get more than ten Rebs out of his 4? It’s stupefying. I still think Popovich is the better coach though.

  • http://Facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    @M Cho I’m with you, has any coach ever had the type of talent Spoelstra does at the 2,3 and 4 and had a more anemic offense? And not been able to get more than ten Rebs out of his 4? It’s stupefying. I still think Popovich is the better coach though.

  • Justin G.

    Saying Popovich is a better coach than somebody isn’t exactly insulting to Spoelstra. Pop is the best coach in the league. I think it’s hilarious how at the beginning of the year when the Heat were running all over everybody, SLAM posters were all on Spoelstra’s jock saying how he finally figured out how to use the guys on the team. Now they go through a rough patch and you all want his job again. You people are funny

  • AsadSaleh3

    Wouldn’t put the Heat’s offensive struggles on Spoelstra. Wade and LeBron’s games don’t compliment each other at all.

  • BostonBaller

    Thibs is coach of the year but that was a no brainer call to sit Rose. CJ was hot, Rose was not PLUS…why risk an injury to Rose whom you know would have kept going strong despite not playing well. Instead of humble, I’d use professional. IMO