Rose takes licking, keeps ticking?

CHICAGO – Derrick Rose struggled as he pulled on his socks. He winced as he tugged up his jeans. Several times in the Chicago Bulls’ postgame dressing room Monday night, as he shrugged and wiggled into his clothes using his left hand almost exclusively, Rose closed his eyes, paused and breathed.

Yeah, even that seemed to hurt.

The Bulls’ dynamic playmaker, who so far this season has fans excited for their next Michael Jordan, looked more like vintage Dwyane (Splat!) Wade down the stretch of Chicago’s 92-73 victory over the Indiana Pacers at United Center. With 5:30 left in the fourth quarter, Rose rolled his left ankle and went down in the backcourt, prompting a Bulls timeout and few uneasy minutes until he walked back onto the court.

With two minutes left, Rose drove from the left wing, soared toward the rim and got clipped when Indiana’s Brandon Rush slid over. The Bulls guard toppled forward and nearly face-planted, taking most of the impact with his chest. It knocked the wind out of Rose and took the collective breath from a crowd of 21,287.

Rose stayed in the game after that one, too, hitting one of two free throws. But later, he was a sight for, er, sore eyes, with both ankles plunged into ice baths, ice bags strapped to both knees and his right wrist iced somewhere beneath a towel that covered his entire arm.

“My whole body’s sore now. But I should be all right,” he said. The way Rose figured it, the doctors who checked out his X rays [they were negative] back in the Bulls’ trainers room would have brought him back there if they had found anything worse than a bad bruise or sprain.

“I thought it was going to be worse than that,” Rose said. “Knocked the wind out of me. Most people, when they jump that high, they usually get hurt pretty bad. Thank God I didn’t break anything, I think.”

No one corrected Rose. Most people don’t jump that high.

A bit later, Bulls center Joakim Noah was talking about his point guard when Rose, back from the showers, hobbled past, bent over and walking gingerly. “Look at him, man. He’s too young to be looking like that,” Noah said.

“Ah, he’ll be all right. It’s ugly. I hate to see him fall, obviously. He’s such a big part of what we’re trying to do. My little brother, y’know. But he’s tough. He’s a warrior. We’ve got a day off tomorrow. I know he’ll be ready to go [at Toronto Wednesday].”

It turns out that Rose often gives Noah pep talks when the big man scrapes himself off the court. Now it was Noah’s turn. “Like he always tells me – he always tells me this, every time I fall and hurt myself – ‘Mind over matter. Mind over matter.’ All the time. So he’ll be fine.”

Better wait on that at least until Rose is dressing with two hands again.

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49 Comments

  1. Trin Trin says:

    D. ROSE IS A BEAST WHO SHOCKED EVERYONE IN HIS ROOKIE YEAR, AND CONTINUING TO DO SO TILL DIS VERY DAY, SO DA DUDE DAT IS IN LUV WIT BRANDON JENNINGS, AND THINKS HE’S A BETTA PLAYER DEN D.ROSE, HAHA 3 WORDS ( NOT GONNA HAPPEN.)

  2. PG rank says:

    rondo is anything but the no.1 PG!! heres my rank

    #1 D will
    #2 cp3
    #3 rose
    #4 nash
    #5 westbrook
    #6 steph curry. none of you has mentioned him. hes as young as rose and is doin an awesome job. also last summer at the us-team.
    #7 and now mabye rondo. hes great at dishing out assists but hes got like the most horrible shot. as a PG you should be able to cut through the defense and to pull up a free jumper.

  3. brisingr says:

    it is well known that stat takers at the celts pump up rondo’s assist numbers so i wouldn’t give too much on those stats
    that said rondo is nowhere near a top 5 selection. drose is close but not yet number one and dwill is a beast out there

  4. dany says:

    Bulls should make a trade to obtain oj mayo and carmelo anthony. They have the players to make this possible in a trade. I think if the bulls get another team involved they can get carmelo and if they offer a nice package for mayo the bulls would on fire.
    Dream lineup
    1 drose
    2 oj mayo
    3 carmelo anthony
    4 boozer
    5 noah
    most likely not going to happen but if paxson and foreman give it there all its possible they can make this happen.

  5. dany says:

    DROSE#1 IS THE BEST POINT GUARD IN THE LEAGUE. RONDO DROPPED OUT OF THE USA TEAM BECAUSE HE KNEW ROSE WAS GOING TO TAKE THAT SPOT FROM HIM. IF DROSE PLAYED WITH RAY ALLEN,PPIERCE AND KG HE WOULD HAVE 50ASSISTS A NIGHT 2.

    1 DROSE
    2 DWILL
    3 CP3
    4 WESTBROOK
    5 NASH
    6 TONY PARKER
    7 JNELSON
    8 RONDO
    AND TO THE GUY THAT LOVES JENNINGS GOOD LUCK HOPEFULLY JENNINGS WILL HELP MILWUAKEE WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP IN THIS CENTURY.LOL
    CAVS HAVE A BETTER CHANCE WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP WITHOUT LEBRON THEN MILWUAKEE WINNING IT WITH JENNINGS LOOOL

    • Trin Trin says:

      HAHA LMFAO YOU FUNNY, AND I AGREE 100% WIT YOU D.ROSE WILL ALWAYS AND FOREVA BE ONE OF DA BEST TO PLAY DIZ GAME.

  6. Pollo says:

    Rose no question is better than rondo. Rondo has three hall of famers to pass to, put him on the bulls and see what happens. He cant even hit jump shots and rose is improvin every year on his shot and i think he’s 41 percent with the 3 point shot, thats crazy. And not to mention rose can take over a game i have never seen a pg do the kinds of things this kid does on the court. Stop with the debate its embarrasing. My list is..
    1. D Will
    2. D Rose
    3. CP3
    4. Nash
    5. Westbrook
    6. Rondo
    7. Parker
    8. Kidd
    9. Jennings
    10. D Harris

  7. 2eezy_Kash says:

    Pooh is the 2nd best PG in the league, next to D-Will. Dude has all the abilities of a Lebron James and the iq of a Isiah Thomas. Rose has gotten better year after year, his 3pt% is on fire since the win streak (61%), and he is becoming one of the best clutch players this season. Not to mention most of his opposing PGs can’t shut him done. He scores when he wants, watch a game and you’ll see!!! He showed yo guys he can lead the league in pts but he knows he is a PG and he must distribute more than score. Rose should finish in the top running for MVP this year.

    Top 5 PG
    1.Deron Williams
    2.Derrick Rose
    3.Rajon Rondo
    4.Russel Westbrook
    5.Chris Paul

  8. CJ says:

    no one throws his body around like rose, great guy don’t wanna see him get hurt
    He’s assists are great but it’s not his fault his not getting enough assists if he’s team aren’t hitting the shots so he steps up and makes a great point guard and the refs don’t even call any fouls on him which is slack

  9. tyu says:

    some of yall are crazy to play down rondo saying he aint good enough blah blah. sure hes playing with hall of famers but the assists number still dont lie. lakers got kobe gasol odom and how many assists does fisher get?? how bout arroyo for miami? not to mention his rebound numbers are high for a PG and he’s always up there in steals as well.. he doesnt score but he does everything else better than most PGs. having said that d-will is still the best PG in the game right now along with paul, D-rose, rondo, and westbrook are next

  10. bryant says:

    LISTEN I CAN PROMISE YOU MY WHOLE LIFE SAVINGS WHICH IS ALOT MIGHT I ADD…..THAT IM NOT A HATER…I READ ONE GUY THAT SAID THAT THE OBJECTIVE IS FOR A POINT GUARD IS TO ASSIST…..YEA ASSIST WITH EVERYTHING….TO MY BELIEF A POINT GUARD HAS THE HARDEST JOB…IF ANYONE SHOULD DISAGREE WITH THAT YOU DONT KNOW BASKETBALL…RONDO BEING THE BEST POINT GUARD IS BANNANAS…WHEN RONDO START SCORING AT LEAST 18.6 PPG 15.3 APG 5.0 TR….THEN I CAN ARGUE WITH ANYBODY….NOW I READ ANOTHER GUY MENTION D.WILL OK YOU CAN MENTION HIM AND C.PAUL….ROSE IS THE BEST POINT GUARD RIGHT NOW CAUSE HE DO IT ALL…..DEFENSE HAS TO GET BETTER BUT PLEASE NAME ONE THING THAT DERRICK DOESNT DO WELL…YEA I SAID DEFENSE IS GETTING BETTER….AND MAKE SURE YOU GO TO NBA.COM AND LOOK UP STATS FIRST….

  11. derverger says:

    We will know rondo’s true skill level once Pierce, Allen, Garnett, and O’neal retire in a season or so. Rondo plays with players who know where to be at alltimes, and are good at moving without the ball. It hard for me to give him credit. If you threw drose, dwill, cp3, or nash on that team their assist numbers would probably be higher, because “the big three” would have even more space to work because those point guards are scoring threats as well. People can sag off rondo. Again, we will need to wait and see.

  12. MEANPENIS says:

    NO ONE COMES CLOSE TO ROSE……………..HES A BEAST

  13. MEANPENIS says:

    well put TENKI

  14. chocobum says:

    ROSE! THE NEXT BIG THING! THE REAL KING! 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS?COULD BE 5!

  15. jo says:

    RUNEMDOWNRONDO read why rondo is not the best point guard read why he gets so many assist and its so easy for him cos no one takes real notice of him the to busy worrying about the big 3(Obviously the take him into account but they are mor worried about the big 3. read the comments top to bottom

  16. Jaime says:

    Dam it, with all due respect, Brandon Jennings isn’t even in the top 10 PG in the league right now. Currently in the NBA, Derrick Rose is the number one PG in my opinion, followed closely by Williams and Westbrook. Derrick Rose’s game has improved massively, did you not see what he did to LA in both games. He straight disrespected the whole squad and it was the best two Chicago games I’ve seen since Jordan left. Nash and Kidd are great, and you can’t take away from either of them, but there’s no stopping D-Rose anytime soon. Jennings and Rondo can sit down and watch from the sidelines.

  17. runemdownrondo says:

    anyone saw last seasons semi final between cavs and celtics??check out the whole series and look at what rondo did…loltoall

  18. runemdownrondo says:

    and brandon jennings???wtf…u serious??just stop it ur terrible..for the love of God…stop it…please

  19. runemdownrondo says:

    if ur talkin about pointguard play then rondo should be number 1..he runs the whole team and leads the nba in assists..scoring for him is just a bonus..plus dont forget the rebounds…thats old school pontguard stats…so hes my number one point guard…number 2 belongs to d.will…then rose…4th should be paul..5th is jkidd..were talking about PG play here…how a guy runs a team…so far,celtics look pretty good with rajon in the point,right??

  20. jo says:

    dam it are you retarted???

  21. dam it says:

    whats this i see all u losers talking about dwill and drose…. im not saying they suck……but i think we can alla gree that there are bigger issues at hand here such as the incredible skillz and awesome moves of the prodigy brandon jennings…….. brandon jennings is the best….. one can all see and realize that he is and always has been the best of the best at what he does…..

    • Trin Trin says:

      um y r u obsessed wit brandon jennings, yea he’s good, but not betta den derrick rose. sorry sweetie but u got yo facts a lil twistwed rite now. GO BULLS( LUV YA D.ROSE) YOUR #1 FAN EVA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Bulls_fan says:

    Exactly I like what everyone is saying about Rondo. Lets see what happens to him when you take the Hall of Famers of his team. Rose is better scorer and a better 3P shooter. You know what 8 assists a game isnt bad and with a defensive minded coach his defence is only going to improve. He eventually will be hands down the better player because I don’t think Rondo can carry a team. Go Bulls!

  23. herbigmonster says:

    1. D-Rose
    2. Paul
    3. D-Will
    4. Westbrook
    5. J-Kidd, shooting keeps getting better as he gets older and still sees the court better than any other player in the game

  24. Moe says:

    Im telling you guys Derrick Rose is the best Point Guard out there. He is much better than Rondo. Rondo can’t shoot the ball! thats why Derrick rose is better than him. Steve Nash would have been better bt he is know an old player and has reached the late stage in his career. I am a Celtics fan but im sorry rondo but derrick beats you at the Point Guard position. Improve your shooting then you will be considered the best.

  25. jo says:

    Oh and not rondo cos like someone else said when you have 3 players on your team that have all been in the race to mvp list at the same time.(not this season but i have seen it.) Your job is easy you would barly need to make playz just wait for one of them to get open or throw it to pierce on the wing and let him driveor throw up a jumper. Or KG in the post. and isnt ray allen close to taking over reggie miller in 3 pointers made.( not sure on this)

  26. jo says:

    Rose is awesome and is playing awesome this season. It would be good if he can play against the raps
    someone said being a point guard is all about assist.
    I play the point and the job is to make the play.

    This Season IMO
    Williams – he is playing awesome with a average team.
    Rose – He is derrick rose.(I might be a bit biased cos i follow the bulls.
    Paul + Westbrooke – Paul is th best playmaker and have you checked out westbrooke’s eff.
    Nash – same as williams. and he is 36

    Remember this is my opinion constructive criticism would be great. no spell checkers please

  27. Rose and williams are tied for best point guard, Rondo wont be there for me until he fixes his shot.

  28. audiopush says:

    Man as much as I admire Derrick Rose, and being from Chicago I do admire Derrick Rose, I have to give the number one spot to Williams. As Derrick Rose improves on his shooting percentages, which he has immensely from last year, he will be able to claim that number one spot. And i look forward to the day it happens. Rose you have brought new life to the city of Chicago, And i speak for all of Bulls fans when i say you’re the best thing to happen to Chi since Jordan. Keep your head up man.

  29. I beleive to always had that warrior power in him since college and high school…he’ll be alright and thanks to God that he didn’t get too badly bruised or hurt…he is definitely a top the standings for among point guards today…he is like a point guard with an all-around game…not just a passer, etc…he does it all…new chi-town statue in the making…ROSE MVP!

  30. Conor O'Brien says:

    Thank you Team USA, no doubt he is a talented player and I think your under rating his scoring ability a little bit but he doesn’t rate with those guys you mentioned above, even the Kidds and Billups I think are still better at this late stage of their careers.

  31. sergio says:

    d-rose is the number 1 point guard in the nba if you think different i dont know what your watching everyweek he is averaging 26 and 7 that is amazing for a point guard

  32. USA Hoops says:

    Rondo is definitely not top 3……and may not even be top 5. Does anybody realize he only shoots 43% from the free throw line, and only gets to the line 1.9 times per game? I’m sorry, but if you can’t even make a free throw, or a wide open mid-range jump shot, you have no business being mentioned with the best point guards in the world. I don’t care how many assists he racks up from Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and KG making jump shots. Those guys are arguably the best shooters in the NBA at their respective positions. Rondo is not relied on to score at all, and therefore is always looking to make that highlight pass. It is a lot easier to generate assists when you know you don’t have to score yourself. Rondo is a good player, don’t get me wrong…..but he has nowhere near the skills and all-around ability of guys like CP3, D-Will, Rose, Nash, Westbrook.

  33. Joel says:

    I don’t think Rondo can be discussed as the best point guard in the game when he can’t hit an open jumper, let alone a free throw. Take him off a championship team and see what he does.

    • Horace says:

      Definitely. He shoots worse than Andris Biedrins lol

      • audiopush says:

        You do realize a point guards main objective is to ASSIST not to be a 30 a night kinda guy. Rondo is an incredible point guard. no one can see the court the way he can, you dont need a scoring point guard when you have guys like allen and pierce and KG. Stop hatin on him.

      • SBiii says:

        Rondo is a good point guard because an assit counts when the person you pass to makes the shot….. that requires you to have other players in your team capable of making shots. if Rose was playing with Pierce and Ray Allen shooting then dropping the ball in the paint for Shaq and KG lets be honest he woudl be putting up big scoring numbers and big assits. really assit come down to not being the better point guard but the players you have around you no?

  34. jasmine says:

    I love derrick rose

  35. derrick rose did fall hard nd im so glad he’s ok…… ( I LOVE YU DERRICK ROSE) ur biggest fan

  36. Alex says:

    My only argument against Rondo being #1 is that he is, for lack of a better word, kind of one dimensional (although that dimension is EXCITING) he can hit his teammates with a perfect pass from almost any angle, but can he be counted on take over a game? What happens when he loses reliable shooters and his perfect passes end up as clanged shots?

  37. chicago97 says:

    I UNDERSTAND THERE R VERY GREAT POINT GUARDS IN NBA, ASSITS R GREAT DONT GET ME WRONG, SHOUT OUT 2 RONDO,NASH,PUAL,N D.WILL, BUT D.ROSE IS THE BEST SCORING GUARD N IS REALLY TAKING THE NBA 2 ANOTHER LEVEL. I’VE NEVER SEEN A GUARD THAT CAN DO THE THINGS THAT HE CAN.. HE HAS A MIXTURE OF A LOT OF GREAT PLAYERS ALL IN ONE, N PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO C THAT.
    ROSE MVP..!!

    • Trin Trin says:

      EXACTLY, I AGREE WIT YOU, AND TO D.ROSE HATERS, SHUT UP, STOP HATIN ON HIM FOR WAT YOU DON’T HAVE, AND GET A LIFE.

  38. DoubleR-CelticFan says:

    …def a top PG…disagree with the order…imma go with a top 5
    1) Rondo
    2) D. Will
    3) CP3
    4) D. Rose
    5) Nash…although Russell Westbrook is really grabbin my attention too to be such a young cat!

    • Steven says:

      I agree that Rondo is #1. 13.7 apg so far this season is hard to argue with. Rose is incredible though, the Bulls are going to be nasty for the next few years.

  39. Tenki says:

    Rose is out there, proving to everybody in Chicago that he is the man after Michael Jordan took over the ’90s. He’s a warrior, a leader, and most importantly, the face of the franchise. He has the flair of a Kobe Bryant, the aggressiveness of Allen Iverson, the quickness of a Dwyane Wade, and the attitude of a Tim Duncan. I won’t be surprised if Rose would lead his team to a title sometime in the future.

    • LB6 says:

      Derrick Rose is one of the top 3 PG in in the NBA today;
      ROSE, PAUL and D.WILL.

      • dam it says:

        dam it!!!!! u claim rose is one of the best…..yet it just so seems ur rong as always…. the best is brandon jennings then rondo and then c paul…..brandon jennings is more than just an elite winner…. hes an incredible player of raw talent that will make his team an elite contender of great dominance for years to come.