Derrick Rose immune to growing criticism
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org May 7, 2013 1:58PM
Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game One
Updated: June 8, 2013 6:35AM
MIAMI — Derrick Rose doesn’t hear your criticism. He doesn’t hear what the media are saying about him, what the fans are saying about him, only what the Bulls organization asks of him.
And, as he said Monday, it isn’t asking anything of him, so the bubble stays protected.
“I haven’t had any pressure from anyone,’’ Rose said, ‘‘not from the organization, not from my teammates. They know I’m putting everything I have on trying to come back as fast as possible.’’
Rose was cleared by team doctors to return to the court almost two months ago but has maintained all along that he isn’t ready.
Asked why he hadn’t put an end to all the speculation by just declaring himself out for the postseason, Rose said, “Still in the air. I might have a chance.’’
That would contradict a Yahoo! Sports article in which a source told the website that Rose already had made his decision to sit out until next season and would not change his mind.
If he has informed the Bulls of that behind closed doors that would be news to them because one source said Monday that Rose had not mentioned that to the front office.
The Bulls still don’t think he’s going to play but not because he slammed the door on the idea.
So it all comes back to how Rose can sit while there’s so much criticism, even animosity, building around him.
“I’m watching a lot of movies,’’ Rose said. “I think a Bruce Willis movie came out on the hotel TV [Sunday night]. I watched that twice. Just been listening to music on my computer.’’
Asked about the comments from former Bulls guard Steve Kerr, now an analyst with TNT, that he owed it to his teammates to play, Rose downplayed them.
“Everybody has their own opinion,’’ Rose said. “His words were ‘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 can’t get down on myself for not playing.’’