Derrick Rose Discusses Injury Concerns, Life After Basketball

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer INovember 11, 2014

USA Today

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has endured several debilitating injuries that have hindered the team overall the past few seasons. Now that he's returned to the court, Rose is thinking more seriously about his future after playing.

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Thursday, Nov. 13

Rose Responds to Critics

Derrick Rose commented on those who criticized him for his comments regarding his health on Thursday, via Nick Fridell of ESPNChicago.com:

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Thibodeau, Gasol Discuss Rose's Comments

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune provided comments from Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau spoke about Rose's injury concerns:

I don’t know the context in which the question was asked. I don’t know the context in which he answered it," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Sometimes we all say things that we probably could say differently. The bottom line is this: He was injured. He had two sprained ankles. So he did the right thing. And when he was better, he played. It’s really that simple.

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Asked if Rose's commitment to the team remains, Thibodeau said, "I know Derrick, and I know he wants to play. You have to take a look at what he has just gone through. It's been two-and-a-half long years, two major injuries. So there's a lot going on there. When you sprain both your ankles, you have to do what you think is right. Derrick wants to win."

Johnson also passed along comments from Pau Gasol, who came to Rose's defense:

Obviously, he's concerned about his long-term health, which we all are in a way," Gasol said. "But we're in a business, we're in a sport, where that's what's at stake and that's a commitment that we make and a price that we pay. It's something that any athlete is exposed to, but I think he's a guy who works extremely hard. And I think he's 100 percent commitment to winning and to this team. But in his mind, he's had a rough stretch so you understand that part.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Derrick Rose Discusses 

The Bulls star discussed all of that with Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com:

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Rose also discussed the current state of his health, per Friedell:

Rose has averaged 17.5 points, 5.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game during his time on the court this season. However, he's missed games with sprained ankles and had physical setbacks over the last three years that caused him to play in a total of 49 games over that stretch.

He's still been a superstar for Chicago this season when he's appeared in the lineup, though, as noted by Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders:

When he was at the top of his game, Rose was named the 2008-09 Rookie of the Year and 2010-11 NBA MVP. But with injuries continuing to hamper his ability, it's clear he's thinking about his life after basketball even at 26 years old.

Equipped with a full cast of stars like Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol along with Jimmy Butler emerging as the lead scorer, the 6-2 Bulls can deal with Rose missing a few games.

The hope is that he'll be healthy enough to make a late playoff run and bring a title back to the Windy City.

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