Chicago Bulls: An Angry, Honest and Demeaning Letter to the Critics of Derrick Rose

By Ryan Heckman


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If you were one to bash Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose in any way, shape or form last year this article is for you. With that said, this is your chance to stop reading before getting offended. After all, we’re about to talk about one of the youngest MVP’s in the history of professional basketball. What have you accomplished in respect to your age?

Still reading? Good.

Wednesday, Rose was interviewed by BullsTV and his sentiments towards his recovery were posted on the team’s website. When talking about how he waited out the entire season and even forfeiting the 2013 NBA Playoffs, he had this to say:

“I’m not a selfish guy at all, but having this injury and going through what I had to go through and being smart, it’s something that I had to be selfish with. I couldn’t worry about anyone else but myself and my health.”

For those critics that pointed out Rose was cleared by doctors prior to the playoffs and sat on the bench while his teammates were injury-ridden and even at one point playing with the flu, here’s another quote for you from Wednesday:

“All my teammates that were going through injuries, they used to tell me don’t rush back just because they were going through stuff. So just to hear them say that, they knew I was trying to get back on the court as quickly as possible.

“They made a huge run at it. When they were playing, I told them things that I saw if they didn’t see, or I was just working with them, just to show them I really cared about the team, and like I said they fought for me.”

So, first things first. None of you as critics have a clue what you’re talking about. There is a reason 99 percent of Rose’s critics were sitting at their day job or better yet, at home on the couch while he was dealing with a severe injury at the highest of levels.

If you are a tenured doctor and have been in the sports medicine industry for over a decade or two, you have reason to criticize. If not, I politely ask you to close your mouth, finish your beer and concentrate on your next trip to the gym — which will probably be sometime next month when you hit the treadmill for fifteen minutes and soak it up in the spa for a good half hour.

Secondly, looking at Rose’s words regarding his teammates, it appears that argument has been flattened. If his teammates are behind him 100 percent even though they are playing banged up, you have no reason not to be. After all, they’re professionals — you are not, unless we’re talking about being an ignorant, insecure keyboard know-it-all. In that case, you’re probably All-Pro.

The reality of the situation is, Rose deserved to be selfish. He’s got the next 10-12 years of his career to worry about. Do you really think the organization and his teammates want him to risk that if he is not comfortable doing so? Absolutely not.

With the way the Bulls have been built, they have time to continue to work towards a championship. They’re arguably only one significant piece away from contending for a title. Rose is not an idiot; he would never think to compromise that fact.

In all sincerity, I’d beg the critics to give him a break. Rose is as humble and selfless as they come these days. In a sports world filled with mindless, entitled divas, the Bulls have a rare gem leading their franchise and I for one, cannot wait to see his hard work pay huge dividends in 2013.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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