Should The Media Stop Asking Derrick Rose How He’s Feeling?
Over the course of the last few seasons, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has suffered a pair of really bad knee injuries. So in the weeks leading up to the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, Rose was asked over and over and over and over and over again how he’s been feeling. And now that Team USA is at the World Cup, he’s being asked the same exact question. Everyone wants to know how his health is and if he’s feeling OK. And Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski wants them to stop asking.
Coach K appreciates the fact that everyone is so concerned about D-Rose. But he’s worried about everyone asking him the same health-related questions all the time. And he wants the media to do what they can to find some new questions to ask him.
“I think at some point that everybody should stop asking about him physically and just say, ‘How’s your game? What do you think? You think we’re going to win? How’d you like that pass?’” Coach K said on Friday. “Although it’s nice when people say, ‘How do you feel?’ when that’s the only thing you say then they say, ‘Come on, man, let’s have a more in-depth conversation.’ And I think he’s ready for that.”
We’re ready for that, too. At this point, Rose is feeling good. He has to be feeling good, otherwise he probably wouldn’t be out on the court for Team USA. So it’s time for people to start asking him other questions. Coach K has a few suggestions for what else reporters could ask him as well.
“‘I saw you in a shooting drill, you looked happy; How’s your crossover going?’” he told reporters. “‘You’re getting up on your jumpshot. Is Coach K calling enough plays for you? Do you have a rift with Coach K? Why is he limiting your minutes? It’s because he’s from the south side of Chicago, and not from the north side.’ Those are all questions that will stimulate his mind and will help him.”
Coach K has a great point—and it’s time for the media to listen to him. We all want Rose to be healthy and want to know that he’s feeling good. But enough is enough. So, reporters, what else you got? D-Rose is ready for some new questions.