Chicago Bulls “made of glass” point guard Derrick Rose is being heavily criticized by fans and the media for his statements a couple days ago regarding comments he made conserving himself for the future. In case you missed it:
“I’m thinking about long term. I’m thinking about after I’m done with basketball. Having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to, I don’t want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son’s graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. [I’m] just learning and being smart.”
Admittedly this is probably something better thought than shared publicly but Rose’s self assessment is not nearly as bad as people are making it out to be. Yes he does have a 95 million dollar contract and yes he did choose to play a sport for a living. However the fact that an athlete whose career has been defined more by sidelining injuries and potential than points on the floor I don’t blame him for thinking that way.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been criticized over the past few years for resting perfectly healthy players but still continues to use this strategy to preserve his stars. His justification is obvious, he has older players who can’t sustain the 82 game NBA schedule so he rests them to give his team the best chance to win. Derrick Rose knows his best chance to continue playing this game and also live a life in the future that doesn’t involve a ton of surgery and pain is to monitor his body and attempt to reduce future issues.
The bottom line is, this isn’t Derrick Rose’s fault. Most people who are criticizing Derrick Rose which they could be in his shoes. The NBA and professional sports are a business first and foremost. It is an environment that has allowed for this situation to occur but will do nothing to curtail it because players will continue to be paid millions of dollars to play a game. Don’t be mad at Derrick Rose for being selfish, be mad at genetics or your inability to hit a 12 foot jump shot.