Does Derrick Rose Complain About Getting Fouled Too Much?
For Derrick Rose, the 2011-12 NBA season has been frustrating, to say the least. Although D-Rose has led the Chicago Bulls to the top of the Eastern Conference standings, he’s been injured for more than 20 games this year in an already-shortened 66-game season. He’s sustained a rash of injuries and missed time for everything from an ankle sprain to a badly-pulled groin. And he’s run into trouble with the NBA referees several times this season, who have failed to make foul calls against him on plays in which he felt he got fouled hard. As a result, he’s resorted to complaining about the refs calls, been fined $25,000 by the league, and, on Sunday night, he even came out and said that he’s “sick and tired” of having to deal with hard fouls from opposing players on a nightly basis. So, what gives? Does D-Rose have a point—or should he shut his mouth and play the game?
Well, it’s a little of both. On the one hand, Rose is constantly taking the ball to the bucket and drawing fouls. He’s also lightning quick and has a knack for making other guys look bad. So, it’s no surprise that he’s going to get fouled—and, in some cases, fouled hard—on the court. And, in that regard, NBA referees need to identify the fouls better and his fellow players need to keep their cool and watch the fouls that they deliver. The NBA also has to deter players on other teams from fouling Rose as hard as they do by handing out flagrant fouls, like the one that was issued to Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva on Sunday night when he busted Rose’s nose on a play. That’s the only way to stop players from hacking away at him.
On the other hand, Rose needs to realize that he’s probably not going to get every single call that he thinks he should get. So, he needs to expect to be fouled and speak up for himself when other players come after him. The Bulls as a team also need to let other teams know that it’s not okay for them to attack their best player. By doing that, they’ll send a clear message to the rest of the league. That message: If the NBA isn’t going to help protect Derrick Rose, we will.
Will that earn the Bulls a little bit of a bad reputation? Probably. But, at this point, that might be exactly what the Bulls need. Because, while they’ve got one of the best records in the league right now, they don’t have a clear-cut identity. Protecting Rose and limiting the number of fouls he takes will help cement that identity and teams will know that they can’t go after Rose when they play the Bulls. It’ll help them as a team. It’ll put the rest of the NBA on notice. And, above all, it’ll certainly do a lot to ease whatever frustration Rose is feeling right now.
So, what do you say, Bulls? Can D-Rose get a hand?