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Should Derrick Rose Be More Concerned About His Future Health Than Playing Basketball For The Bulls?

Submitted by on November 14, 2014 – 10:35 amOne Comment

Chicago Bulls fans love Derrick Rose. They love how talented he is as a point guard. They love the energy and effort that he displays when he takes the basketball court. And they love that, when he’s healthy, he gives the Bulls a legitimate change to make a run to the NBA Finals every year.

But unfortunately, Rose has not been healthy in recent years. Because of a pair of devastating knee injuries, Rose has actually spent the better part of the last two seasons sitting on the sidelines instead of running with the Bulls. And even though the 2014-15 NBA season literally just started, Rose has already spent his fair share of time on the sidelines this year, too, nursing ankle injuries. He suffered a hamstring injury against the Toronto Raptors last night as well and could be looking at spending even more time on the bench.

Despite this, Rose told reporters that he’s not worried about missing time on the court earlier this week. Reason being, he’s more worried about the fact that he’s going to have aches and pains later on in life than he is about missing some time with injuries while he’s playing. At least, that’s how he made it seem.

“I know a lot of people get mad when they see me sit out,” he said. “But I think a lot of people don’t understand that when I sit out it’s not because of this year. I’m thinking about long-term. I’m thinking about after I’m done with basketball, having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to. I don’t want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son’s graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. Just learning and being smart.”

And Rose’s comments did not sit well with a lot of people. People pay a ton of money to see Rose play and invest a lot of time into following his career. So they don’t want to hear that he’s thinking about his future. They want him to make the most of his time in the NBA. And specifically, they want to see him play, not sit on the sidelines.

They have a legit beef, too. Rose owes it to himself to take care of his body. But at the very least, he needs to avoid making comments like the ones that he made earlier this week. We can appreciate his honesty and respect that he’s doing all that he can to get back on to the court. But he’s being paid a considerable amount of money to suit up for the Bulls. So if he can’t play—or doesn’t want to play—the least he can do is not make comments like the ones that he made above.

Rose’s teammate Joakim Noah came to his defense last night and told everyone to “chill out” with regards to the injuries that Rose has suffered this season. And he’s right—people do need to “chill out” and not make such a big deal every time Rose winces. But at the same time, Rose can’t say that he’s looking at the future when, in terms of his NBA career, his future is now.

What do you think about all the hoopla surrounding Rose’s comments this week? Did you deserve the backlash he received or do you think people made too much out of what he had to say?

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