Derrick Rose: Is Tom Thibodeau Being Unfairly Blamed for Injury?

Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IIApril 30, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls is lifted off of the court as coach Tom Thibodeau (L) watches after suffering a knee injury against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the 76ers 103-91. 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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Who is to blame?

It is the question being asked around Chicago, since Derrick Rose went down hurt Saturday. With just over a minute to go in Game 1 on Saturday, Rose's left knee buckled and resulted in him suffering a torn ACL. He will miss the remainder of the playoffs and is looking at six to nine months of rehab.

This is a huge blow to a fan base that was expecting this team to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals and possibly win the NBA championship.

Many fans have pointed the finger at head coach Tom Thibodeau. Some have blamed the condensed schedule, due to the lockout. Others have just tossed it up to this not being Rose's year as he missed 27 regular-season games. Could this be the result of all these injuries?

There is a good case to be made for any of these possible causes. Maybe it is some combination causing a perfect storm.

Should Rose have been in the game?

I was at the game and was openly questioning why Rose was still in the game. During the fourth quarter, the Bulls held a 20-point lead and at the time of the injury the Bulls were still up 12. The 76ers had pulled most of their starters, and while the bench was making a run, it was clear the game was over.

However, Thibodeau felt the score was going the other way and the game was in doubt. Proof of such thinking is that fellow starters Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng were on the floor with Rose. Richard Hamilton was the only starter not in the game.

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  Head coach Tom Thibodeau of the Chicago Bulls gives instructions to Joakim Noah #13 against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 28,
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The old saying is the lead is never safe, and Thibodeau also said that Rose needed to play to get back in rhythm. Wouldn't 35 minutes of action been fine instead of the 37 minutes he played? 

There is a great case to be made that perhaps Rose suffered so many injuries this season because there was no down time. Normally a team would play five games every two weeks in a regular season. Sometimes this season teams were playing eight to 10 games every two weeks.

The condensed schedule also put more pressure on a player to return quickly, in order to not miss as many games. Missing a month meant missing a quarter of the season.

It is very possible that none of his previous injuries had fully healed, causing him to over compensate, which then resulted in this new injury.

There is also the pressure Thibodeau puts on every game. Could him playing Rose too many minutes throughout the year have caused this?

Could it be Rose's own fault?

What if he decided to sit or shut him down for an extended part of the season?

Personally, I think it is all these things and they should share the blame evenly. However, Thibodeau has been receiving the brunt of it because it's hard to blame the hurt guy or injuries or the schedule.

With all that being said, I will still stand by my immediate reaction once I heard word of the injury. It is probably unfair but as a fan it is hard to support the reasoning for why Rose was in the game.

What do you think, Bulls fans? Who is to blame for this injury or is it just bad luck? Sound off below.


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