Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose was slapped with a $25,0000 fine for his criticism of the officials following Monday’s victory over the New York Knicks.
The harsh words were uncharacteristic of Rose, who has been praised for his quiet, humble leadership qualities. The reigning MVP had 32 points on 12-29 shooting and 6-9 from the charity stripe in the victory.
Rose also referred to himself as a “superstar”, which is definitely strange wording from the usually modest guard. From the Chicago-Sun Times:
“I’ve got to be the only superstar in the league going through what I’m going through right now,” Rose said after the Bulls’ 104-99 victory Monday night at the United Center.
The difference in a closely contested game at halftime was free throws.
The Knicks got to the line 21 times in the first half and converted 15. The Bulls were 7-for-11 and trailed 50-48.
It evened out in the second half, but Rose still believes he’s not getting the respect he deserves from the officials.
“I was mad because they weren’t calling any calls the whole game,” Rose said when asked about the angry look on his face after an emphatic dunk with 6:02 left. “That’s probably the reason why.”
When asked if he thought his comments would draw a fine from the league, Rose said: “I could care less right now.”
Rose’s athleticism and strong takes to the hoop sometimes leave everyone in awe, including the referees. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau addressed Rose’s comments in an interview with ESPN:
“I think you guys know Derrick, Derrick’s not a complainer,” Bulls coach Tom Thibdodeau said. “Usually if he says something, he has a point that he wants to make. I thought he was driving the ball pretty hard and didn’t get calls so he wanted to make a point.”
Rose and the Bulls will take on LeBron James and the Miami Heat Wednesday night at the United Center. The Heat escaped with a 97-93 victory in the previous matchup on Jan. 29.