Derrick Rose has come under fire from Chicago Bulls fans and part of the media after the comments he made about wanting to preserve his health.
The Chicago Bulls point guard has returned from two big knee injuries over the past couple of seasons, with his form thus far showing he is still an NBA star. But despite his strong play, Rose's comments on wanting to preserve his body for life after basketball have come under serious criticism.
Many Bulls fans have slammed Rose for not being committed to the Chicago cause, while basketball expert Skip Bayless offered his opinion on the matter via Twitter in an equally explosive and disgraceful way.
So that is what Skip Bayless thinks. Apparently Derrick Rose's actions of wanting to take care of himself are sickening. That is just mental. It is not Rose's fault that he was on an awesome contract during his injury. He doesn't have to forfeit that contract just because he's injured and he shouldn't have to.
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Sports contract's are always ridiculous. But it's entertainment, and the money someone gets paid for their job has more to do with the market value rather than what they actually provide to their company.
What did Rose actually say?
So what did Rose actually say? Did he say he wasn't committed to the Bulls' cause for this season? Surely he said something outrageous that means people like Skip Bayless have every right to say something so out of turn. No, he just said this.
"I know a lot of people get mad when they see me sit out. But I think a lot of people don't understand that when I sit out it's not because of this year. I'm thinking about long-term," Rose explained this week.
"I'm thinking about after I'm done with basketball, having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to. I don't want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son's graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. Just learning and being smart."
Pretty standard comments for anybody who has suffered serious injuries in the past, it's just that this player is on a massive contract. Again, not his fault.
Now we know Skip Bayless likes to play devils advocate and likes to get people frustrated, but this is too far, and not one of those situations when you get ever so slightly where he's coming from.
Support from teammates
So what do Derrick Rose's teammates think? Are they as outraged as Skip Bayless is? Of course not.
"Look, I think that's a fair concern for everybody," Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy said after practice on Wednesday. "It's a big topic now in sports, especially in football with concussions and things like that. It goes the same with basketball. You know different types of injuries and things like that. There's certainly more to life than it.
"At the end of the day, look, Derrick's fully committed. I can speak on his behalf. He's fully committed the way I see him working, the way I see him out there."
Skip Bayless is out of order. Case closed.