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Derrick Rose Fined by the NBA for Telling the Truth: Is He Being Disrespected?

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 12: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls drives past Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks at the United Center on March 12, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Knicks 104-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIMarch 14, 2012

Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose uncharacteristically went off on the referees after Monday's game against New York, complaining about the calls he didn't get.

"I've got to be the only superstar in the league going through what I'm going through right now," he said.

He ended up with nine free throws for the game, but didn't get one call in the first half while going to the hole 10 times.

It's business as usual for the Bulls star, because he hasn't gotten respect since he came into the league as the top pick in the draft.

I questioned the calls he wasn't getting during the preseason of his rookie year with former coach Vinny Del Negro

There is always a waiting period before the officials give you the benefit of the doubt, but halfway through your fourth year should be enough time. In fact, until midway through last season, he was treated as a scrub based on the calls he didn't receive.

But if the scrubs name was Jeremy Lin, that would not be the case.

Rose never went to the line 10 times in a game his first season, even though he ended up Rookie of the Year. He had nine attempts only twice all year. 

Lin, a free agent and castoff from two teams, has already gone to the line 10 or more times in three games, including the fourth game that he played starter minutes. He had nine attempts his second game.  

Why the discrepancy?

Is Rose too strong and too fast for the refs to see the abuse he takes every time he drives to the basket?

The NBA is a star-driven league, and normally the stars get the benefit of the doubt.

Think of Shaq shooting free throws after knocking a defender into the third row. How about Patrick Ewing carrying his luggage with him as he traveled through the lane with the ball?

And who can forget Dwyane Wade at his best against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals in 2006?

In a six-game series, he went to the line 97 times for an average of over 16 a game. In Game 5, he shot 25 freebies, matching the total of the entire Dallas team. The star calls he was getting bordered on the ridiculous.

Is it any wonder Miami won based on those numbers?

Yet poor (not anymore) Derrick Rose still doesn't get the respect from the officials that he deserves.

It's not as if he's a jump shooter. He attacks the basket as much as anyone in the league.

Should he flop like so many other stars?

Those non-calls not only hurt Rose — they hurt the team. A free throw here or there can mean the difference in a game. It can also put another team in the penalty, and a player on the bench due to fouls.

Rose is serious about the game and plays to win. He doesn't come out during All-Star introductions and do a shuffle, yet instead of being respected he's being stiffed.

He just grits his teeth and plays on instead of complaining like so many stars are wont to do, like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Rose is soft-spoken. Maybe he's paying for that. The one time he opens his mouth it costs him $25,000.

When you see promos for the Bulls vs. Heat game Wednesday night on ESPN, it will be watch Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls take on Miami with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

If he's good enough to be promoted like a superstar, he's good enough to be treated like one on the court.

Don't you think?

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