Derrick Rose speaks: ‘I might have a chance’ for Heat series
By JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org May 6, 2013 11:10AM
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Updated: May 13, 2013 9:38AM
MIAMI – Derrick Rose doesn’t hear your criticism. He doesn’t hear what the media is saying about him, what the fans are saying about him, only what the Bulls organization asks of him.
And as the point guard said on Monday morning, they aren’t asking anything of him, so the bubble stays protected.
“No, it’s no pressure at all,’’ Rose said, when asked about the Bulls opening a playoff series against Miami tonight, and him once again out. “I haven’t had any pressure from anyone. Not in the organization, not from my teammates. They know I’m putting everything I have on trying to come back as fast as possible. Just trying to be smart with the whole situation. Just taking my time.’’
Rose, who had surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last May, was cleared by team doctors to return to the court almost two months ago, but has maintained all along that he still wasn’t ready.
Again he was asked, why not come out and end all the speculation by just declaring himself out for the postseason, and again he replied, “You never know. It’s been a long time since I played. I’m just really trying to be smart about the whole situation.
“Still in the air. I might have a chance.’’
That would contradict a Yahoo Sports story in which a source told the website that Rose has already made his choice to sit out until next season, and will not change his mind.
If he has informed the organization of that behind closed doors that would be news to them because one source said on Monday afternoon that Rose has not made that statement to the front office.
They still don’t think he’s going to play, but not because he slammed the door on that idea.
So then it gets back to how can Rose continue to sit while there is so much criticism, and even animosity, building around him?
“Just the same thing, man,’’ Rose said. “I’m watching a lot of movies. I think a Bruce Willis movie came out on the hotel TV [Sunday night]. I watched that like twice. Just been on my computer listening to music.’’
Rose was asked about the comments from former Bulls guard Steve Kerr, who is now an analyst with TNT, that the MVP owed it to his teammates to try and play, and downplayed it.
“Everybody has their own opinion,’’ Rose said. “His words that he said, ‘if I’m ready.’ Right now, I’m not ready. I’m just trying to take my time and really, really be smart. It’s definitely hard. But I know this will be over with pretty soon. Who knows when it’s going to stop? But I can’t get down on myself for not playing.’’
Besides Rose, the Bulls will be without Luol Deng, who is back out of the hospital, but still in Chicago. Kirk Hinrich is a game-time decision with a bruised left calf, but wouldn’t be able to give them many minutes even if he could go.
Even with all his teammates gutting it out to get on the court, Rose remains very stubborn on his situation.
“It’s the same thing,’’ Rose said of the questions being asked of him. “I’m used to it. I can’t get tired of it. I just know that people want to know where I’m at. I’m just trying to give them an answer.’’