It's got the point now where every time Derrick Rose hits the hardwood in a skeptical way, the instant fear is that the electrifying point guard has once again injured himself.
The Chicago Bulls hung on to a 100-93 win after a late rally by the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night, but late into the fourth quarter Rose drove the basketball and without being touched, hit the floor clutching his leg.
Reports after the game would confirm that the 26-year-old suffered a hamstring injury, deemed not serious enough to warrant attention by the training staff of the Bulls, but the injury had predictable bad timing after the stir caused by his comments recently regarding his long-term future.
Rose is currently being slaughtered by media personnel and fans alike about his comments regarding his future health, deeming his attitude as selfish.
However his teammates have been quick to have his back, specifically center Joakim Noah who was impassioned after the game with his defence of the young point guard.
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Noah says everyone chill
Rose drove the ball late in the game and seemed to twist his ankle as he fell to the ground wincing, Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller who was commentating on the Eastern Conference clash began to speculate the wide range of possibilities that could have grounded Rose.
With his awful history of injuries, Miller pondered whether he had re-injured one of his surgically operated knees, or whether he had done further damage to ankle sprains that have seen him already miss a chunk of the current season.
It was concluded that Rose had minimally tweaked his hamstring and through his own omission was not serious, after the game Rose's teammate Noah was asked about his condition and the reigning defensive player of the year went on a passionate rant of how everyone needs to calm down.
"Everybody needs to chill out, Sometimes he's portrayed as something that he's not. You don't come back from the injuries that he's coming back from without unbelievable commitment."
Noah expressed a fierce opinion that he is severely disappointed with the media portrayal of Rose and his commitment to the game of basketball.
"I see it every day. I think we're all in this together. This is not a one man team. But at the end of the day, we need him. We need him and I don't want to see him down. I know sometimes it's frustrating, you got injuries, you got tweaks"
Nick Friedell was at the scene where Noah was defending his teammate and tweeted a few quotes from the center:
Noah’s comments simply reinforce how much Rose’s teammates believe in him, and how difficult it is to understand the things these players put their bodies through.
Hopefully the injury to Rose isn't serious like he insisted and the point guard will be back on the floor again soon.