Former Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson was in Chicago on Thursday night in a packed downtown ballroom to promote his latest book “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.” During the course of 50 minutes, Jackson spoke on a variety of subjects, including, but not exclusively about Derrick Rose.
Reportedly, Jackson agreed that Rose has an obligation to fulfill his contract with the Chicago Bulls and that he should play if he’s able to play, but also added “he’s a terrific player with great heart, fearless … when you have a player of that status who plays that way with that kind of intensity and that kind of determination, he’s got to be able to do what he does best.”
According to Jackson, Rose is the best gauge of when that will happen for him. Jackson, aka the Zen Master, also indicated that it’s futile to continue to compare Rose with others who have had the same injury and returned sooner because people and circumstances differ.
To those who criticized Rose for not coming back to play during the 2012-13 year, Jackson had a few words which he expressed earlier in the week as a guest on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning: “Leave him alone. This is a guy who hopefully has another 10 years to play.”
Jackson was in complete agreement that Rose had chosen the less traveled road back to the basketball court, but that it was the correct road for him.
It has been noted that when the Zen Master talks, people listen.
The Zen Master has spoken.