COMMENTARY | Injured Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose sure has a lot on his mind.
During a presser with pool reporters Thursday morning, Rose elaborated on where he is mentally, physically, and, unfortunately, as a business man.
Here are the highlights with related links and some thoughts on what they mean:
Can the Bulls can't use him at a centerpiece on a championship team?
Rose, on people who say Bulls can't build around him anymore. "You can be a fool if you want to, I know I'm going to be all right."- Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) December 5, 2013
This is a fair response. After all, Rose is as confident as they come, but it is also a fair question. Two knee surgeries in less than two years leads to the obvious question of whether or not the Bulls can count on Rose to be the No. 1 scorer on a championship team.
On whether he plans on altering the way he plays the game in light of his most-recent injury:
DRose: "I play a unique way of playing basketball. I can't change that."- K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 5, 2013
This seems to be a curious answer. Perhaps it was the confidence in him talking, but Rose should adjust the way he plays the game.
Specifically, Rose needs to stop subjecting his body to the stress and abuse associated with driving the lane so often. Yes, the latest injury was off the ball and was not related to direct contact, but his style of play is both violent and not conducive to a lengthy career.
What about the playoffs, Derrick?
Rose says if he's "healthy and the situation is right" he would come back and play in the playoffs, if he doesn't feel ready -- he won't.- Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) December 5, 2013
Don't. Say. That. The Bulls already announced that you were done for the season. Don't offer up even the slimmest of possibilities that you will return. Bulls fans went through this last year. We can't go through it again.
How is the recovery from meniscus surgery different from the procedure on his ACL?
Derrick Rose: "Last year was a rehab part that was all new to me… going through it was just hell… This process should be a lot smoother."- ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) December 5, 2013
DRose: "I'm able to put pressure on my leg now. With the ACL, I wasn't able to put any pressure on it."- K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 5, 2013
Rose spoke on winning a championship before his career ends?
Derrick Rose: "My career is going to be judged by a championship, so that's the only thing I'm caring about right now."- ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) December 5, 2013
As it stands, his career will be remembered two ways. First, he was the youngest MVP in league history. Second, he has suffered season-ending knee injuries twice.
If Rose never wins a championship, those things will be the legacy he leaves behind. It is unfortunate, but also true.
How about recruiting free agents?
Rose says again "he'll never recruit" players to come to Chicago. He says he can play with anyone.- Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) December 5, 2013
Again, this may be the pride talking, but the NBA has changed. Recruiting free agents is now a reality that each team's superstar has to embrace.
Then Rose spoke about endorsements:
Rose referring to opportunity injury presents for him to be a better businessman, w/ Adidas, was unfortunate. Not what people want to hear.- Matt Spiegel (@MattSpiegel670) December 5, 2013
That's right, Matt. It was an unfortunate comment. Right now, everything off the court other than family should be taking a backseat. Of course, the monetary impact is real, and it is important to Rose, but as Spiegel said, it is not want we had hoped to hear.
All in all, we saw a player who is dying to play basketball. He said a few things that were questionable like leaving the door open for the playoffs and lamenting the potential impact the injuries may have on his endorsements, but Rose is a winner who despises not being on the court helping his teammates compete.
And that is why I appreciate Rose.
Here's to a full recovery, Derrick.