Le 18 novembre 2014, 03:39 dans Humeurs • 0
Derrick Rose’s injury comments last week have been sent through the ringer, spun and contorted to stir up questions surrounding Rose’s commitment to the Bulls. A refresher, not that you need it: Rose said that when he sits out games this season (he’s missed four with sprained ankles and one with a hamstring sprain), it’s because he wants to be functional for post-career business meetings and family graduations down the line.
It’s not an unrealistic thought as professional athletes have a shelf life, but the way Rose articulated his thoughts shook many the wrong way. Don’t consider Heat players Dwyane Wade and former teammate Luol Deng as part of that school of thought. Both veterans were adamant in their defense of Rose. “The thing with Derrick is, I was there from his rookie year, I’ve watched him growing up,” Deng told Bleacher Report. “When he first came to the league, me and Joakim [Noah] would always tell him, ‘Derrick, you can’t play tonight. You’re hurt.’ And he always wants to put the team behind him and the city behind him. And even when he was hurt, he would play. And I really believe that some of his [subsequent] injuries were because he would play hurt. We would tell him not to. And he was so determined and wanted to be the best he could be, not only for the team, [but] for the city. "We kept trying to tell him to understand, like, ‘Look, there’s a difference between pain and injury.’ And I think now after two injuries, he’s being smart.”