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Analyst’s call for Rose to play not shared by Bulls teammates

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

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Updated: May 1, 2013 4:06PM

The comments made by former Bulls guard Steve Kerr didn’t go unnoticed.

There just weren’t a lot of people that put in their work at the Berto Center that were in agreement with what the TNT analyst had to say about Derrick Rose.

During the Game 5 telecast, Kerr was asked about Rose still trying to work through the mental hurdles of coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and said, “I think where the Bulls are now with this series with Kirk Hinrich struggling with the calf injury -- if Derrick is OK and there’s no threat to further injury, I think he’s got to play. He has to put himself out there for 15-20 minutes.

“Look at what (Joakim) Noah and Hinrich are putting themselves through with their injuries. I think it’s time for Derrick ... maybe he owes it to his teammates.”

According to Hinrich, Rose doesn’t owe them anything.

“We don’t feel that way,” Hinrich said. “IWe know what kind of guy he is and what kind of teammate he is and we don’t feel that way. I haven’t heard one ill word said about it.

“You give a guy who has that type of character the benefit of the doubt. We know that he’s such a big part of this organization and this team that we trust he’s making the right decision for that and for himself.”

Rose was again working on his outside shot at the end of practice on Wednesday, but did not meet with the media, again choosing to try and stay away from being a distraction.

Good luck with that.

But coach Tom Thibodeau was asked if Rose could play in Thursday’s Game 6, and kept the game he’s been playing with the media throughout the season alive and well.

“There’s always a chance,” Thibodeau said, before smiling. “Small as it might be.”

Thibodeau, however, understood why there’s been so much growing scrutiny with Rose.

“Derrick owes it to do what’s right and the more I’m around him, the more I’m impressed with this guy’s character,” Thibodeau said. “He’s not being swayed by anybody. … I would never question him, ever.

“There is a big difference between the time of injury that he’s had and all these other injuries (Bulls players are dealing with), and we certainly appreciate what all the other guys are doing, but Derrick has had a very serious injury. It requires time. He’s 24 years old. We’re not going to rush him back. When he’s completely comfortable, that’s when we want him out there. If that means we wait another game, if that means we wait until next year, so be it.”

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