Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose Fans Filled With Hatred Should Take Notice Of Iman Shumpert

By Ryan Heckman
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Some interesting news has come out of the NBA as New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert has missed practice due to soreness in his knee, and his status for tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers remains in doubt.

In case you have no idea what’s going on the the basketball world, Shumpert is coming off an ACL tear he suffered last year in the playoffs. He returned earlier this year, and has had his ups and downs to say the least.

At the moment, there is another NBA star who is in the midst of an ACL tear recovery that has been getting quite a lot of hatred from his fans, and even basketball fans in general. Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls became one of the youngest MVPs in history two years ago, and since then has established himself as one of the very best players in the league.

The Bulls made it past the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs by the skin of their teeth as Rose continued to watch from the sideline. From many fans’ perspectives, Rose should be playing by now, especially if Shumpert came back months ago.

At least, that was the big argument up until this point.

Rose had watched his banged up teammates play through sickness and injuries all season long, yet had continued to wait out his extended recovery until he was “mentally ready.” With all that said, let me ask you Chicago fans: Does your beloved home town superstar look as foolish as you originally suspected now?

There is only one correct answer to that question, and it is a resounding no. With the way things are looking for Shumpert at the moment, Rose looks to be the smarter player. He has gone through this entire process with one thing in mind, and that is winning — not winning at this very moment, but winning for the next 10-12 years of his career.

For this reasoning, Bulls fans should be forever grateful. Yes, this season has been miserable to watch and at times just downright disgusting (see the 40-point thrashing given to them by the Sacramento Kings during the regular season). But, with the upside to be able to go into the next several years with one of the top players in all of the NBA at full health both physically and mentally, why risk one year?

It’s okay to be a fan. Just don’t be an ignorant fan. You can bash Rose all you want, but when he is lighting up the league for years to come, you will look like a fool for hating him with such passion. I admit, I have had my doubts at times, but my sentiments have always come down to looking towards the future  in the end.

With Shumpert’s status in doubt for tonight, I can only hope and pray that his return did not happen too soon. As a fan of the game, you hate to see those kind of injuries happen. Even more, you hate to see players come back too soon and end up a limited player rather than their fully capable self.

In the end, I wish Shumpert and the Knicks the best. But, I am also thankful that a guy of Derrick Rose’s level has decided to wait until he knows his body is 100 percent ready in every aspect of the word.

Ryan Heckman is a writer for covering the NBA and NFL. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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