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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 at 1:20 pm  |  49 responses

Derrick Rose Says He ‘Had to Be Selfish’ With Knee Injury


Chicago Bulls superstar point guard Derrick Rose sat out the entire 2012-’13 season as he recovered from left knee surgery to repair a torn ACL. With Rose being medically cleared to play, and the team refusing to rule him out at any point, fan anger continued to build. The 24-year old Rose explains that he had to be “selfish” with the injury, and the organization seems to believe he’ll back to his old self next season. Per the team website, via the Chicago Tribune: “I’m not a selfish guy at all,’ Rose said. ‘But having this injury and knowing what I had to go through and being smart, this is something I had to be selfish with. I couldn’t worry about anyone else but myself and my health.’ Rose never ruled out returning whenever he spoke to reporters during the season, even though it was widely assumed he would sit out the entire campaign when he didn’t return in March. He addressed what it felt like to miss an entire season. ‘It was hard, one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through in my life,’ Rose said. ‘After surgery when you start running . . . when you have an injury like this there are stages you have to go through. I’m still going through my stages. I’m not done yet. This is the most I ever worked on my craft and most focused I’ve ever been in my NBA career.’ [...] Rose reiterated he wanted badly to return. ‘Every day I was working out like my leg is going to feel better,’ he said. ‘I was pushing myself every day, eating right, just trying to take care of my body so I could be out there as soon as possible. It didn’t happen.’ Plenty of fan backlash developed for Rose, particularly when teammates played through less career-threatening injuries during the playoff run. ‘They saw how hard I was working in practice just trying to rebuild my leg,’ Rose said. ‘All my teammates that were going through their injuries used to tell me don’t rush back just because they were going through stuff.’ Rose said his only goal is to win a championship and that he hopes to show fans next season that sitting out 2012-13 was the right decision.”

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  • OfftheWall87

    He’s 100% correct. Some fans may not like hearing it, but they need to understand that not everything is about them and what they want to see happen. It’s unfortunate that the Bulls let it get out of control.

  • robb

    Derrick man, you don’t have to apologise to no one. If dumb fans don’t wanna understand what you’re going through they’re not real fans. You’re doing the right thing.

  • Interlagos

    I’m sure he didn’t have to try very hard.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    good, can’t help but to love Derrick Rose.

  • Marko

    There are a good number of fake basketball fans here in Chicago that completely turned their backs on Derrick Rose just because he sat out during the playoffs. It was a difficult situation for him.
    I’ll never question his loyalty to this city. For the last couple years, he’s been carrying the entire team on his back and has played on injuries before, something that a lot of people forget and ignore. Honestly, I think sitting out was the best thing for him to do. Can’t wait until the season starts again.

  • pposse

    cant wait for next season!

  • cbranson05

    fans will hop back on his bandwagon next season as they always do. same with kobe after colorado and lebron after the decision. if ur winning and playing good, everyone will want to be down as if they never left.

  • Evan Boland

    I know I may be in the wrong for calling him out, but I thought it was sad to see Noah out there battling through injury while Rose sat on the bench collecting checks. Does anyone believe MJ or Kobe wouldn’t have been playing at a high level for months?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Saw a bunch of those bastards on Twitter lol

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I think your justified in your feeling of him not playing but I don’t think it’s fair to compare him to someone else’s injury. As bad as Noah’s injury was it was no way in hell worse than Rose’s. As far as MJ & Kobe we don’t know it’s all speculation. Hell MJ missed damn near a whole season over a fractured foot.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Agreed but the Bulls would’ve been better off by just saying from the jump that we’re shutting him down because the health of our franchise player is more important.

  • OfftheWall87

    Their mistake was saying that their doctors cleared him. Once they said that, all of the pressure and attention was on him to see when he would return. They should have kept that to themselves. Also have to add in the fact that their doctors don’t exactly have the best reputation when it comes to clearing players. They’ve cleared players with breaks and fractures.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Once they let that report out it was all over. Irrational fans jumped on the “Rose ain’t hurt” bandwagon with the quickness.

  • JoeMaMa

    ….yeah, but then he came back for the playoffs and hit up 63 on the legendary Celtics.
    I’m not necessarily saying Rose should’ve come back…but you may’ve picked the wrong example there.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I’m aware that he came back. My whole point was that if he didn’t get heckled to come back ASAP neither should Rose. If Rose would’ve returned and aggrivated that knee it would be all she wrote for the Bulls and their fans.

  • Lexluther312

    I’m a Bulls fan, and I support this 100%. The kid is coming off an injury that is known to end careers, and at the very least, limit effectiveness. I’m glad that he took his time, so that now us in the Chi can reap the benefits (so to speak) for another decade, God-willing. He chose the Blake Griffin route, instead of the (insert numerous player names here), come-back-too-soon-route.

  • JoeMaMa

    Actually, MJ lobbied to come back earlier but was rebuffed by management – which apparently was a sore spot for him. Taken from his HoF speech – “The [Bulls] came up with this whole theory you can play seven minutes a game when I’m practicing two hours a day… I didn’t agree with that math. I wanted to play. I wanted to make the playoffs. [...] Jerry [Reinsdorf] said, “Let me ask if you had a headache and” – there was a 10 percent chance then I’d reinjure my ankle – “and you’ve got 10 tablets and one of them is coated with cyanide, would you take it?” I looked at him and said, “How bad is the headache?” Jerry looked at me and said, “I guess that’s a good
    answer, you can go back and play.”

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    My point exactly. You can’t compare these two because they are two different animals. My original comment was about comparing the two injuries. I’m sure Rose wanted to be out there with his team just as badly as the fans did.

  • JoeMaMa

    I agree about the injuries. A broken foot is certainly not a torn ACL. And I don’t go against Rose for not coming back. Just stirring up the nest!!

  • robb

    you can’t compare a fractured foot to an ACL tear. ACL tears are much more complicated.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    “For the last couple of years, he’s been carrying the entire team on his back”

    I disagree with this statement. I think Rose actually has a solid supporting cast and a top 3-5 coach in the L. How many teams could lose their franchise player for the year, their all-star (Deng) for the playoffs, and have another all-star (as well as DPOY candidate) relegated to limited injury-plagued minutes and STILL advance to the second round of the playoffs and actually steal a game from the eventual champions?

    I think Rose carries a relatively heavy burden as far as being the facilitator on offense, but to suggest that he’s some sort of one-man-army is false.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    “I think your justified in your feeling of him not playing but I don’t think it’s fair to compare him to someone else’s injury.”
    Again I wasn’t comparing. The only reason I brought up the MJ injurty was to further drive my point home about sitting out until it’s healed.

  • blackthought

    he just did the fuckin`right thing – listen 2 his body, not 2 some stupid basterds. can`t wait 2 c him back… wish more people would be this smart….

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I know you are haha it’s healthy debate.

  • OfftheWall87

    The All-Star thing people bring up with both Deng and Noah is overblown. Making an All-Star team is great, but there are plenty of guys with 1 or 2 All-Star selections who aren’t great players. Mehmet Okur made an All-Star team. Brad Miller. Jamaal Magloire. Antawn Jamison. Their defense won them games without Rose playing in the regular season, and they beat the Nets in a 7 game series that could have gone either way because of Nate Robinson exploding out of nowhere. But we saw their limitations. Even in games that they won, the commentators talked about how limited they were offensively unless Nate played great. It was ugly to watch at times. The burden that Rose has offensively is huge. He carries them offensively. And until they find a player who can create some offense for themselves and teammates, he will continue to have to do so. Offensively, especially in the postseason, he is a one-man army.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Agreed. Rose carries the offensive burden, which I acknowledged, but regardless of how many games it took the undermanned Bulls to beat the Nets, they did it, without Rose or Deng or a “healthy” Noah.
    It seems as though a lot of commenters on this board refuse to acknowledge that few if any teams could make it out of the first round with their best 3 players either not playing at all or playing crippled.
    This is no knock on Rose, I’m just stating that his supporting cast is comprised of excellent defenders and solid offensive players, and I don’t think they get nearly as much credit as they deserve.

  • Redd

    I think they got the credit but most of the key guys are now gone.

  • Marko

    What I was thinking about when I said “carrying the team on his back” was mainly his first 2-3 years in the league, back when the Bulls were coached by Vinny Del Negro and maybe the first year with Thibs. Back then, he definitely did most of the heavy lifting for the team. Even up until last year (before his injury), he was the only one who delivered consistently on offense.
    But I’m definitely not trying to take anything away from the other guys on the team. I don’t think Derrick Rose is a one man army, but his burden was the heaviest among the players.

  • ThaWindy

    But as we all seen that didn’t make difference. As someone mentioned for a team missing they’re best players the Bulls had a great season. Rose has no obligation to say something for our appeasement. This whole thing of “fans” turning their back is just something the media stirred to get hits. Salty because Rose did interviews with national media before local media.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    “Offensive, especially in the post season, he is a one man army”

    Boozer 17/10/53% fg
    Deng 16/6/46% fg
    Noah 9.5/9/51% fg

    And that’s not even including Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, and Kirk H.

    Does he have that Westbrook or Wade type of second option on offense? Absolutely not! But saying he’s a one-man army on offense is a bit of a stretch imo.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Don’t get me wrong I don’t disagree I was just saying the way the organization went about delivering (not delivering) the news could have been handled with more tact.

  • OfftheWall87

    Let’s say Rose gets 25 a night. Add that onto those numbers for Boozer, Deng and Noah and a few more points from Taj, Jimmy and Kirk. It’s not enough going against a team with not only the superstar who can match or outscore Rose, but another star who can get 20 plus easily. And a few more capable of double figures on a nightly basis. That’s 3 guys in double figures up against 5 or more guys in double figures. Won’t work.

    If the league were less talented, it would be enough. But look around. Durant has Westbrook. LeBron has Wade or Bosh. George, Hibbert, West and Granger (if he isn’t traded). Their competition has at least two legit offensive star weapons. Against those teams who know that those guys you mentioned are finishers, the Bulls have struggled and will continue to struggle.

    It’s not about the numbers, it’s about how they get them. It was a struggle.

  • OfftheWall87

    Solid offensive players who are great defenders won’t beat star offensive players who are also great defenders. They get credit for doing the best they can. But it’s not enough help for Rose.

  • OfftheWall87

    His first season when he went into Boston and scored 36 in his first playoff game…that team had Ben Gordon and John Salmons. I’d argue that that was the most offensive help he’s had on the perimeter since he’s been in Chicago when it comes to having guys who can create shots. That team had much more balanced scoring.

    Gordon averaged 24, Rose averaged 20 and Salmons averaged 18 in that memorable series against Boston. They had 3 more guys who averaged double figures. In the 2010-2011 playoffs, Rose averaged 27, Deng averaged 17, and Boozer averaged 13. The next highest scorer only averaged 9. Rose has this reputation for being a scoring point guard…he’s only that way because he has to be. Dude had to be forced into trying to score in the National Championship game by Calipari.

  • Evan Boland

    Dude was dunking in January.. MJ broke his foot. But as for Kobe? I know Kobe a little, and he would be playing. Absolutely. Not speculation. Also why I told everyone from the moment of his injury I told everyone he WILL play the season opener. Kobe play’s through so much injury and pain its ridiculous.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    That I can definitely agree with. I’m just saying Rose isn’t playing alongside some offensive scrubs which some Rose-Stans tend to suggest.

  • OfftheWall87

    Oh no, they’re not scrubs at all. Legit players. Just not enough when compared against the teams they have to go through.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    We all saw he was dunking but theres a big difference when you start to add lateral movement which he did not show. But like I said you’re justified in your beliefs I’m just saying Rose’s mentality is far more cautious compared to MJ/Kobe.

  • OfftheWall87

    A broken bone and a torn ligament are two different things to deal with. Bones heal quicker than ligaments. Some bones heal in weeks. Some ligaments take 18 months to heal. Can’t compare Jordan, Kobe, or Rose at all because neither Jordan nor Kobe tore a major ligament like Rose did.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    If Rose can come back to his explosive 25-27ppg self, the Bulls will be a force. Although they don’t have that second 20ppg guy (their 2nd option is a 17ppg guy), their 3rd, 4th, and 5th options are just as good as most teams not named The Heat.

  • OfftheWall87

    And the Heat is who they have to get by. The Pacers are more well-rounded as well though. Paul George is a 20 plus guy. Hibbert’s at 17. West at 16. George Hill at 15. That’s basically what they did in the playoffs. That’s still better than the guys surrounding Rose. And Granger, if he’s not traded, is also a 20 plus a night player.

  • Evan Boland

    Yeah, they are two very different animals.

  • robb

    i must have replied to your comment by mistake, or I don’t know what happened. Sorry about that.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    That’s the thing, though, if Rose comes back at 25ppg, and his teammates remain at their career averages of 17 (Boozer), 16 (Deng), and 9.5 (Noah), they’re right there with the Pacers.

    Also, Granger’s shot attempts are gonna take away from either PG’s or West’s touches. Which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

    I think if Rose comes back as the top-7 talent he was before his injury, and his injury-prone teammates can remain healthy (I know, those are two huge ifs), the Bulls can compete with any team in a 7 game series.

  • OfftheWall87

    I don’t know man. If Granger comes back and understands that Paul George is the man now, the Pacers become even more dangerous. I’d take George, a reduced role for Granger, Hibbert, West and Hill over Rose, Boozer, Deng and Butler. Rose as the only creator against a team with George, Granger and Hill who can all create shots? Plus two guys who can post up and hit shots outside the paint? I think Rose will come back and be a top 5 player. But I see him still having to work too hard to get that team to score while the Heat and Pacers have more options to go to for scoring.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    That’s fair. The Pacers and Heat are definitely more balanced teams.

    I can see the Heat, Pacers, Bulls and Nets (Knicks may even get there as well) finishing with 50+ wins next year. The East is top-heavy!

  • OfftheWall87

    Should be fun. The conference is as strong as it’s been in quite a long while. Those teams you mentioned would give the top 4 or 5 teams in the West a tough series.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    It’s all good fam’o

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    For sure. I can’t remember the last time the Eastern Conference had this much parity.

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