Derrick Rose actually managed to suit up for the Chicago Bulls on Monday night for his first game back in 11 days following more injury problems for the star baller.
Having only played six of his team's first 14 games of the NBA season so far, the media has naturally speculated whether or not Derrick Rose's body is really up to the rigors of basketball any more after back-to-back injury riddled seasons.
The worst thing for the Bulls and Rose is that the point-guard's injuries, the latest of which is a hamstring issue, are not recurring ones, with Rose managing to suffer different types of injuries practically every week.
Every time Rose hits the deck during a game fans and the media gasp at the nightmare scenario that he could sustain another injury. Rose's continued problems are starting to become frustrating for Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, with the coach letting his frustrations be known this week after he snapped at reporters
"Oh, I don't know. Jesus. He's got to get out there and play," Thibodeau said. "I thought he did a lot of good things. You could see he's not real comfortable with the ball yet, but that will come. When Derrick strings some games together, he's going to take off. He's got to go. That's the bottom line. He's got to go."
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Even though these comments aren't exactly aimed at Derrick Rose, they are still pretty brutal things to say. There is no point putting Rose out on the court when he's injured and just asking him to work through it, which is essentially what Thibodeau is saying.
Rose has spoken this season about not trying to take his body too far with his thoughts firmly on making sure he can walk properly when he's retired. Thibodeau's comments are a direct contrast to those thoughts, and it will be interesting to see down the line how much Rose really does just 'get out there and play' while he's carrying niggling injuries.