Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  8 responses

Joakim Noah Tells Derrick Rose Critics to Shut Up

With Chicago Bulls bodies increasingly breaking down as the Playoffs drag on, there’s growing outside pressure for Derrick Rose to join his teammates on the basketball court. According to Joakim Noah, those who feel that Rose should be playing nearly a year after having a major knee injury, have no idea what they’re talking about. Per ESPN: “Derrick’s a brother,’ Noah said. ‘And to see him go through this is tough, but at the end of the day it’s really funny how quick people are to judge. But people don’t know what it’s like to lead a team, especially after you tore your ACL. If you tore your ACL and you have to be the starting point guard and have the expectations that Derrick has, then maybe you can judge, but everybody who hasn’t been in that situation before should really shut up because I feel like it’s just so unfair to him and to this team. We’re fighting, and everybody’s going to just s— on somebody who’s been giving so much to this organization. It’s crazy to me.’ [...] Noah did not acknowledge whether he has spoken to Rose about the criticism, but it was clear he didn’t like what he has been hearing. Rose said on Saturday that he hasn’t paid much attention to the criticism, but Noah and the rest of his teammates have made it a point to stand up for Rose’s decision not to play. ‘He can say that he doesn’t (listen to it),’ Noah said. ‘I think he’s dealing with it unbelievable. He’s tough as nails, man. He’s not budging. He doesn’t let none of that affect him; whether it’s praise or people judging him about his decision, he’s the same. He’s the same, and I really respect that because I don’t think a lot of people could deal with the things that he deals with on a daily basis.’”

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  • esmooth

    noah is right because if rose comes back and play like crap…..everyone is going to say he’s not a top 5 pg and call him wack….also he will put him whole career at risk by reinjurying it again and causing it messup again…he should sit out and come back as the MVP rose that everyone loved and enjoy watching

  • Fat Lever

    As a fan, gimme Noah on my squad any day. He’s out there leading by example, playing on one foot.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    As a fan I really want him to come back and lead the Bulls over the Heat. Practically speaking though he shouldn’t think about coming back at all.

  • blackthought

    truth be spoken – drose is to valuable to the organisation, to just waste him (thats right) for a playoff push. they need him 100% to get by the heat – not 90% or 95% (and i doubt, that he`s there yet….)

  • Caboose

    If the Bulls win Game 2, watch him come back in Game 3…

  • toomanyshrimp

    what happens when he comes back, tears his knee again, and his careers over?

  • spit hot fiyah

    the type of player you love to have on your team but hate to play against

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    im over this role story. i just wanna see the bulls win more games.