Why Blaming Tom Thibodeau for Derrick Rose's Injury Is Insane

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIApril 29, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 21:  Head coach Tom Thibodeau of the Chicago Bulls reacts to a referee's call during a game against the Dallas Mavericks at the United Center on April 21, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Mavericks 93-83. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agress 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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There are three certainties in this world: death, taxes and the fact that someone has to take the blame for everything. In the case of Derrick Rose's season-ending knee injury, it's none other than head coach Tom Thibodeau, who has taken the majority of criticism sent Chicago's way.

While it's understandable for the blame to rest on the shoulders of the man who left Rose on the floor, it's hardly rational to ignore the surrounding factors. For instance, Derrick Rose has not closed out many games this season due to his surplus of injuries. He's also attempting to send a message by taking the "no plays off" approach.

A mentality the Bulls should continue to enforce, even with Rose's injury throwing up the caution flags.

In contrast to that theory, the Bulls could have rested Rose. Upon doing so, his late-game status would be questionable at best, as he's missed close to half of the Bulls' games, games that have often come down to the final few possessions.

Therefore, the answer is yes. Thibodeau is to blame for attempting to keep Derrick Rose in the game until the final whistle. But he's also to thank for the Bulls holding the NBA's best record despite Rose's absence.

So you tell me, which one is more important?

Rather than crumbling under pressure and trembling at adversity, this Chicago Bulls team is entirely ready to take on the rest of the Eastern Conference. Thibodeau has disciplined his team to play hard from buzzer to buzzer, and due to that fact, Derrick Rose's injury is what every coach refers to as a "good injury."

In other words, it's an injury that occurred due to effort and hustle. An injury that can only be accredited to the proper values of a professional basketball player.

Thibodeau is not to blame. He's to praise for a brilliant season, a stellar coaching job and the fact that the Bulls will not lay down and die upon their star's injury.

Tom Thibodeau remains an elite coach who has only made the right decisions.


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