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Rose is “sick and tired of people trying to take cheap shots”

Apr 16, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

Derrick Rose AP

Derrick Rose looked more like he had been in a Blackhawks playoff game than a relatively meaningless, end-of-the-regular season Bulls game.

Rose drove the lane in the fourth quarter and journeyman forward Charlie Villanueva gave Rose a hard foul — right across the bridge of his nose. Rose was bloodied, Villanueva got a flagrant foul (and a fine may be coming).

After the game, the usually reserved Rose was pissed. Here is what he said, via my man Aggrey Sam at

“It’s basketball. Hit me in my face. I think he didn’t go for the ball. Whatever they called it, they called it for a reason,” he said. “I was mad. Sick and tired of people trying to take cheap shots at me. I’ve got to say something.

“I really don’t know [why he gets cheap-shotted by opponents]. Probably because I don’t say anything, but I’m a man. Situations like that, you have to say something,” he continued. “You’ve got to. He didn’t even aim for the ball. At least aim for the ball. I felt like he didn’t and that’s the reason why I got mad a little bit.”

Rose has a right to be frustrated… but welcome to being a superstar. Yes, that means you get some borderline calls. It also means that other teams are going to knock you around. A lot. It’s not just you, just ask Kobe Bryant or LeBron James or most recently Blake Griffin. Before them ask Shaquille O’Neal or Michael Jordan or pretty much anyone back to George Mikan.

Go ahead and be angry. You’re right. But know it is not going to stop, either.

  1. cakemixa - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Lol, grouping Blake Griffin in with superstars like Kobe/Lebron/Rose.

    • drunkenjunk - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      lol, but he can jump really high and doesn’t get called on many offensive fouls.

    • progress2011 - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      From a business perspective, a “Superstar” is someone who puts people in the empty seats, in the arena.

      Like Blake or not, he was able to fill the seats at Clipper games, which had not been filled in a very, very long time.

      Plus, he has helped make the Clippers relevant. They are in the conversation to win the Division.

      I know you laker fans hate to hear it, BUT they are only a game behind you.

      So, write Blake off as a no body if you like….at least until he is putting several lakers in his highlight reel….ahahahaha

      • hustle23 - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:46 PM

        you obviously forgot about chris paul…

  2. bigbuc419 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    So there is a bounty system in the NBA too?

  3. goldkj - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I heard he called him a cancer patient.

  4. ezmagic - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Hey Kurt all those names and you forgot Dwight Howard. He’s been getting Fouled the hardest and the most over the last 5-6 seasons. He takes 2-3 flagrant fouls/game except they never call any of those flagrant with him. He gets pulled down by the shoulders a lot. Having all that weight brought down on him as hes going up game after game has messed up his lower back. D rose be lucky you’re not a 265lbs dominant center.

    • chitownmatt - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      Ummm, last year the 265 lbs Howard clothes-lined Rose and threw the 190 lbs guard about five feet across the floor.

      He should have be ejected.

  5. tilllman40 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Wahhhhhhhh baby

    • bullsfan93 - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      I mean are you good at basketball? Because if you are I’m pretty sure you would get mad if you were getting roughed up in the paint with no calls by the refs.

    • iknowzeroaboutsports - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:27 PM


      Really? He’s supposed to get bloodied across his nose and just take it like a pussy without standing up for himself? Guess you are just pmsing because your 2 1/2 star Heat aren’t bringing home a championship. Cry about that one.

      • gmsingh - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        Rose is one of the last people to complain about anything. He drives to the hoop routinely and gets fouled almost every time, a lot of times by more than one dude. The only thing you might be able to say after this incident is that he’s not as “hard nosed” as we thought he was.

      • iknowzeroaboutsports - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        lol @ pun

  6. florida727 - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    The only thing that would bother me about Rose complaining is that it’ll now intensify the hard fouls. Now that everyone knows he’s bothered by it, they’ll go out of their way to make sure he takes more hits. If the league/referees don’t protect him some, it could get pretty ugly.

    I could be wrong, but I don’t remember Jordan complaining about hard hits. Jordan spent a minimum of an hour lifting weights after virtually every practice (I used to go to some of their practices for a sports radio station in town). He was determined to be physically superior to everyone else, so he could both absorb the contact, and dish it out when HE needed to.

    • iknowzeroaboutsports - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM


      Clearly you don’t remember Jordan in the late 80’s getting mugged by Lambier and Rodman or Starks. Why do you think Jordan started lifting so regularly? It was because of the hard fouls he was facing. Go wikipedia “Jordan Rules.” Rose will get the hard fouls, he better learn to deal with them. Complaining to the refs and media and standing up for himself is part of that.

      • florida727 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM

        Actually, “iknow…”, I do remember those times. And you’re right, until the Bulls got past the Pistons, they knew they’d never win a title. Their whole season theme was to get past Detroit, the rest of the league after that would be a breeze. And they were right. Once they beat Detroit, the Bulls won 6 of 8 titles, only NOT winning when Jordan was off playing baseball (or serving a quiet, but league-imposed suspension for his gambling, draw your own conclusion). Jordan ALWAYS lifted weights after practice though. It wasn’t just in response to Detroit’s “Jordan Rules”. Better yet, he drove his teammates to do the same thing, so they’d all get stronger / tougher.

    • gmsingh - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Jordan was around in the 90s. With each passing decade basketball has become more an more physical. Good teams contest every single shot. If you go back to the 70s you’d see scores like 125-130 because nobody was contesting anything.

  7. lmvs2012 - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Leave rose alone suckaz!…rose is the coolest guy in this dammn planet!..geeeezzz!

  8. southbeachtalent - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Welcome to the NBA “superstar”..

    • iknowzeroaboutsports - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      I don’t know why ya’ll are “thumbs down” on this. Best players are going to be lightning rods.

  9. lakerluver - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Dude, not you could be wrong, you ARE wrong. MJ whined all the time about getting fouled hard, especially when he faced physical teams. And back then just about every team in the Eastern Conf played a physical brand of basketball. The Pistons made MJ so mad because of hard fouls he was ready to go to blows several times, and actually I think he may have a time or two.

    • florida727 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      Slight difference though. Jordan complained to referees (or as you pointed out, via confrontation against the opposing player), not in the newspapers publicly. I’ve interviewed MJ numerous times, and sat in front of his locker after games in the basement of the old Chicago Stadium. He NEVER complained via the media. When asked about it, his response was always in terms of what HE needed to do to get through it.

  10. bws2390 - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    All you guys need to quit hating on drose. Hes the second most humble superstar in the NBA after Tim duncan.

  11. heat256 - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Any player that makes the bulk of his game by driving through the lane is going to get hammered. No way around it. AI, Wade, Howard, LeBron, the list goes on. You go to the line, you pay for it. That’s basketball. Eventually Rose will learn to rely on his jumper more and be careful on the number of drives. That will break you down real quick. Look at Wade. That constant pounding will shorten your career real fast.

  12. crashdavis99 - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Gee, maybe Denise should try the WNBA. If not, she can always borrow D.Wade’s wheelchair.

  13. philtration - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    He gets busted in the head every single game and nine times out of ten there is no foul called.
    Don’t give us that “welcome to being a superstar” crap.
    You can’t even look at Wade without a whistle being blown.

    I did laugh when you actually lumped Blake Griffin in with Kobe and LeBron.

    • southbeachtalent - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      So for the record, Rose is the only “superstar” to ever get fouled hard. Ok.

      LeBron’s head band gets knocked off at least twice a game, Kobe got his nose busted in an all star game, Dwight Howard gets destroyed on every dunk. The list goes on.. Rose is a crybaby plain and simple. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard his bitching about fouls. It’s only going to get worse “superstar”.

      • doctordunkenstein - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        agree 100%. when your an mvp these things happen to you, oh yeah i forgot his MVP was given to him cuz he’s so humble

      • iknowzeroaboutsports - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        Gotta love Lebron’s stare-down of a court-side fan the other night after he twisted his ankle backing up into said fan. There’s a mature PR move for ya. Whaaaa.

      • philtration - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:12 PM

        Oh look!
        It is Heat fan stalker boy.

    • berbes - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:16 AM

      i’d back ya, but kurtsy is in his edit-happy mode today :(…maybe mom didn’t pack oreos in his lunchbox today?

  14. tipstopten - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    If any one is for hard fouls they really don’t know basketball. The league needs to gets a little tougher with the defense.
    The NBA is not WWW. I guess we will have to just wait until someones career is ended to get the league office off
    their butts.

    • kavika6 - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      It already happened. Baron Davis’s dirty play forced TJ Ford into retirement.

  15. chitownmatt - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Rose needs to bulk-up a bit.

    Or the Bulls need to find an enforcer to protect him. (Hey Thibs, Scal’s a big mean Irish guy with 5 fouls to give. Give him a few shots of Jameson before the game and tell him to, “keep an eye on the little guy.”)

    Rose is absolutely right that he is getting the hell beat out him every single game. Like Iverson, he will not last too long in the league at 190 lbs.

  16. cdins - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    I like rose as a player and because hes humble- until he had to ruin that by referring to himself as a superstar

    • doctordunkenstein - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      but but but…he’s so humble!!!

  17. progress2011 - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    The NBA will eventually have to address the “Bounty” issue the NFL is dealing with.

    Because NBA players don’t wear pads and play on hardwood floors, instead of turf I would say they could suffer a career ending injury, easier than an NFL player.

    When they are driving to the board, several feet off the ground, they are as defenseless as a wide receiver is, going across the middle.

    Unfortunately, I believe it will take a high revenue generating Superstar to get seriously injured, before Stern enforces penalties, long term suspensions and significant fouls for “Bounties” in the NBA.

    The only thing big business understands, is when they lose money. If LBJ, D.Howard, D.Rose, Melo, Durant, Kobe etc, suffer a career ending injury, rules will be reinforced and new ones made.

    Until then, enjoy watching the unskilled scrubs, zero revenue generating, no game having plugs, take cheap shots on the guys with game and are an asset to the team, community and ownership.

  18. dinkmaster - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Hey Derrick, we’ve got a useless banner that was taken down in the FedEx Forum in Memphis thanks to you. Why don’t you come get it and use it to wipe your tears? Man up dude, you’re in the big league now.

  19. thescribe56 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    While everybody is speculating whether Rose is whining I’m listening to the report that both he & Deng are out tonite. Deng because of a rob injury that everybody but the Refs saw.
    They had to call the foul Rose is angry about because he was dripping blood, but let’s remember this is a “non-contact” sport. He shouldn’t have to bleed to make a point

  20. steelerfanforlife - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Hey cdins and doctordrunkenstein, did you read the article? If you did could you point out the part where Rose called himself a superstar? I tried really hard to read it but just couldn’t find it. Maybe it’s in the article you didn’t read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • doctordunkenstein - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      Or maybe it’s in this article that you didn’t read?

      Here is what Rose said, via Aggrey Sam at

      “I’ve got to be the only superstar in the league that’s going through what I’m going through right now,” he said, referring to his lack of free-throw attempts. “But I can’t say too much about it…

      Ouch, that’s gotta hurt.

  21. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Put your big boy shorts on buddy this is the NBA not the U of Memphis!!!

  22. jolink653 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    jordan never whined about getting or not getting calls he just went out and made sure to take care of business…i like rose but maybe take a page out of jordan’s book and stop complaining so much

  23. hooks52 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Stand your ground rose, it’ all intimidation. when you get hit , go up to that player like you want to do something, he’ll get the message.

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