COMMENTARY | Derrick Rose is a big boy-- big enough to be the face of the Chicago Bulls, to have led his team to the Eastern Conference finals, and to have been named league MVP. Certainly he is big enough to speak on his own behalf. Reggie Rose is Derrick's older brother, who doubles as his manager. Understandably so, Reggie is overprotective of Derrick. He is concerned about him returning too soon and possibly shortening the length of his NBA career. There is nothing at all wrong with this. Actually, it is quite typical "big brother" behavior.
The more abnormal issue here is Reggie's propensity to speak with the media. Whether on behalf of or in Derrick's defense, or simply to vent his own frustrations with the Bulls organization, Reggie probably gives more interviews than some players in the league. This is very out of the ordinary behavior for a manager. Has Kobe Bryant's manager come out and spoken about the superstar's recent Achilles injury? How many times did Ricky Rubio's manager speak about his client's recovery from knee surgery? Do we even know who his manager is? Most do not, and that's the way it should be.
A manager normally handles the behind-the-scenes operations of an athlete. They do not celebritize themselves by publicly discussing the athlete and organization every chance they get. But Reggie is not just Derrick's manager, and looks to have his lines blurred. Hence, he sometimes oversteps what should be his boundaries.
Not too long ago Reggie trashed the Bulls' front office for not making any moves at the trade deadline. He even hinted that the lack of activity would factor into Derrick's potential return. Whether right or wrong, this was probably not Reggie's place. He has also spoken to the media several times about Derrick's status, with the most recent occurrence referring to his present mental state. It goes without saying that no one other than Derrick himself and perhaps a licensed psychiatrist can accurately attest to his mental well-being. Yet, Reggie proclaimed him to be at about 90% in this area. He also suggested a possible return in round two of the playoffs against the Miami Heat, although the Bulls have not yet even advanced past the Brooklyn Nets.
These types of statements further lead many to believe that Reggie has far too much influence on Derrick's decisions. All professional athletes solicit the advice of others, but at the end of the day, must be accountable for the transpiring of events. As an adult, being perceived as though someone else is pulling the strings is never a good look. It is disheartening to think that this is what is happening with Derrick. However, whether he believes it or not, this is the picture that Reggie is painting by being so vocal.
Derrick will probably never tell his big bro to tone it down. Knowing the type of person that he is, and how close he remains to his family, we wouldn't expect him to. Nonetheless, being slower to speak is probably a good idea for Reggie. What he may suffer in lost limelight, Derrick gains in positive image.
Reggie's heart is likely in the right place. He tore his ACL in college, and certainly wants to ensure that his little brother returns at full-strength, when he is ready, and without suffering a setback. He knows firsthand some of what he speaks. The fact of the matter is, Reggie is not the Rose that plays for the Chicago Bulls. He is not the one currently recovering from injury. Therefore, he is not the one who should be speaking on it or the franchise so frequently. It's time to let the star be the star.
Acamea Deadwiler is a Chicago-area native with several years experience covering the NBA, including the Chicago Bulls, for Examiner.com. She has also been featured in Bounce magazine, SLAM Online, and various other publications. Follow Acamea on Twitter @AcameaLD.
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