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Derrick Rose Keeps It Classy

CHICAGO - APRIL 30: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls drives against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Celtics 128-127 in triple-overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees 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)
Kaixi OuyangCorrespondent IMay 3, 2009

Thank you, Derrick Rose, for staying classy throughout this heated Bulls-Celtics series. 

Even when other players started fighting and fans were at each other's throats, you remained as cool as ice.

There are a lot of drama queens in the NBA; little boys that flop anytime someone slightly grazes them and little boys that whine incessantly about any call made on them. 

Though Rose gets angry when he thinks an unfair call was made on him, I’ve never seen him harass a referee or flail wildly, faking an injury at any mere touch. 

When Kirk and Rondo got in their tangle, Rose just put on a nonchalant expression, as if to say, "Can we just move on and play some basketball?"

In fact, Rose seems to have that exact same nonchalant expression more than 90 percent of the time.  Aside from a few and brief bursts of joy or anger, he remains detached and emotionless the rest of the time.  If you compare clips of him on the bench, on the court, off the court, he will have the exact same poker face every time.

People accuse Rose of being too cold, too uncharismatic, too boring.  Since when did being able to control your emotions become a bad characteristic?  Isn’t that the ultimate sign of masculinity?  Immature boys are the ones that can’t control their feelings.

Celtics (mostly Rondo) committed some dirty plays against the Bulls, but the Bulls weren’t always classy themselves (Ben Gordon’s “man-adjustment”, Noah screaming in Rondo’s face).

But I can always point to Rose as a good example for both Bulls and Celtics players alike.  Ironically, the youngest player and the rookie was one of the calmest and most collected players in the series. 

Other guys are veterans; they’re expected to behave with experience and maturity.  Even the other “young guy”, Rondo, is older with more NBA experience (and, did you know, has a baby girl), yet he was far from being a good role model. 

Thank you, Derrick Rose, for setting an example in this series to both teams and fans.  Stay classy.

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