Derrick Rose on criticism: ‘I’m in control of the whole process’
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org May 4, 2013 8:52PM
Updated: June 6, 2013 7:22AM
NEW YORK — Spinal taps, plantar fasciitis, the flu and all the sacrifices made by Derrick Rose’s ailing teammates over the last two weeks is appreciated by the franchise point guard, but he said on Saturday that it doesn’t change his mentality as he recovers from last May’s anterior cruciate ligament surgery in his left knee.
“It’s been hard,’’ Rose said of sitting out all year and into the playoffs, “but I’m able to get past it knowing that my teammates are out there playing hard, giving the game everything they got. That’s all I can ask for.’’
As far as the criticism directed at Rose, who was cleared by team doctors almost two months ago to return to game action, he’s been almost untouched by it.
“That’s my first time hearing about it,’’ Rose said. “I barely turn on the TV. I’m with my son all day. So that’s about it.’’
He was asked if the “Rose Camp’’ — whether it’s his brother/manager Reggie Rose, Adidas or agent B.J. Armstrong — made the decision to keep him out, and did his best to dismiss the theory.
“Who said that? If anything, it’s up to me,’’ Rose said. “My brother and them can’t tell me what to do with my body. They give me control. I’m in control of the whole process. It’s really all on me.’’
What has also been on him is clearing the mental hurdle of playing the game, rather than thinking about the injury.
“Still thinking,’’ Rose said. “Still trying to take my time. If anything, trust me, I’ll let you all know. It’s still the same. I swear if anything changes, trust me, I’ll let you know.’’
According to Rose, the Bulls organization has not pressured him to play.
“No one,’’ Rose said. “I haven’t had any pressure anywhere. You hear stuff. People say stuff. I have a lot of people text me, asking if I’m doing all right because I guess they’re paying attention to what’s going on in social media. I’m far from it. I rarely watch games. If it’s not our game, I rarely watch it ... There are good teams out there. I know basketball. I just got to get out on the court and play.’’
Rose said that when he is ready to return, the product on the court will be better than anyone could have imagined.
“Health-wise, if I do take the whole year off and don’t play anymore, I know I’m going to come back a better player,’’ Rose said.