Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 11:55 am  |  8 responses

Derrick Rose Says Bulls’ Front-Office Made Him Sit Out Game in Brazil

According to Chicago Bulls superstar point guard Derrick Rose, he could’ve played on Saturday against the Washington Wizards in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The team felt it was smarter for Rose to sit the exhibition game out due to “minor” knee soreness. Per the Chicago Tribune: “The Bulls held Rose out of their 83-81 exhibition victory over the Wizards at HSBC Arena on Saturday with left knee soreness that team officials termed ‘minor.’ With nothing structurally wrong with Rose’s surgically-repaired knee, no MRI planned and Rose even dressing to warm up with his teammates and then sit on the bench, that certainly looks true. But nothing is minor with any NBA superstar, particularly one who’s the face of a franchise and returning from sitting out an entire season. ‘I’m good,’ Rose said. ‘I could’ve played, but the front office made the decision to sit me out. I can’t complain about it. It’s nothing huge. I know that I should be able to go next game.’ Not minor, either, is one of the game’s most recognizable faces sitting out the NBA Global Games’ first foray into a growing market — where Rose’s jersey is the top-seller — long ruled by soccer. Fans chanted Rose’s name in Portuguese between the third and fourth quarters. ‘We never anticipated a straight line,’ said John Paxson, Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations. ‘He had a little soreness and we are being ultra-conservative because it’s the third game of preseason. We respect tremendously the fact that we’re in Brazil and what that means and we’d love for everybody to play, Joakim (Noah, who sat with a sore groin) too. But the reality is it’s too early to press anything. We know in this day and age that people are going to come up with some theory. It is minor knee soreness and we’re going to let him work through this the next day or two. That’s it.’ Asked if this is why management wanted Rose to return last season — to get such starts and stops out of the way — Paxson didn’t bite. ‘It’s irrelevant,’ he said. ‘The decision was made to not play last year and now we’re going through this. Our goal is this season, the regular season and getting to the playoffs. We know there’s nothing structurally to be worried about. It’s just a little soreness. If it was any other player, we’d do the same thing.’ Rose, of course, isn’t any other player. And his soreness jarringly contrasted with how great he has said he has felt throughout training camp. As recently as Thursday, Rose said he was surprised with how good he has felt throughout. General manager Gar Forman said Rose’s soreness began during the latter portion of Friday’s practice that was closed to reporters. Rose didn’t finish the session. ‘If there’s soreness, then we’re going to rest,’ Forman said. ‘Any time you’re dealing with any type of injury or soreness you’re concerned. But it’s not a major red flag or huge concern.’ Rose said he knows he will be ready for the regular-season opener in just more than two weeks against the Heat and added he wasn’t startled or nervous about this speed bump.”

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  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Why risk it?

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Soreness, aye?

  • spit hot fiyah

    “Fans chanted Rose’s name in Portuguese between the third and fourth quarters.”

    pretty sure his name is Rose no matter who addresses him

  • ThaWindy

    Rose needs to tell everybody to STFU!!! IMO the soreness is BS PR. it’e been a whole year there is no risk!
    Bulls front office is just horrible and needs to let Thibs control his players and his staff. Fire Gar Forman. Make a decision on Dengs contract instead of letting it be a distraction the entire year.

    Rose my G, stop with the media trained interview BS answers and activate your “star” power.
    If you want to play be like Kobe check yourself in. Tell management to kiss your a$$. I know it just preseason but I have a feeling this ship will continue throughout the season.

  • Sérgio

    As a Brazilian, I think this was a very low hit on the fans who paid huge amounts of money (about 10 times the price of a regular soccer match in the country) to watch an NBA game for the first time here, and were deprived of the biggest star of the game.

  • pposse

    nba does this all the time. Last yr the Spurs for no reason at all rested TP, Ginobli and Duncan when they visited Miami for a game that was broadcasted on TNT.

  • grgeblck

    it’s different because NBA is promoting themselves globally and they do this to fans?

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