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Bradley Beal said he’d lose respect for a teammate who acted like Derrick Rose

May 17, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

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It’s been a while since someone notable has weighed in on Derrick Rose’s decision not to return from his ACL injury this season, and I figured it his name would stay out of the headlines a little longer, considering the Bulls’ next game is in October.

But Bradley Beal stepped up and filled the Rose-less void, and Wizards guard did so with quite a doozy while on 106.7 The Fan. As transcribed by Sarah Kogod of The Washington Post:

When asked how he’d feel if a Wizards teammate made the same decision, Beal had to admit he’d lose some respect for that player.

“A little bit. Yeah, I would,” he said. “The type of player he is, and the mentality and competitiveness that he has, I think he would have gave it a go. I don’t know what was holding him back. I think he’s scared it’s probably going to happen again and he won’t be the same. But you’re never the same after an injury. But you just have to fight through it and do something else to be able to impact the game. I’m not sure what it is he has to do. I really can’t speak for him.”

I wondered whether any Bulls lost respect for Rose, though I think it matters at least none of them said publically they did. It’s more difficult to lose respect for someone you know well, and that would apply to Rose’s teammates and not Beal, so Beal isn’t necessarily portraying the mindset of NBA players in Chicago.

Though it’s now fair to question whether Rose has lost some of his edge, it seems his teammates haven’t forgotten the many times he showed his toughness. And Beal just gave Rose another opportunity to prove himself. When the Wizards and Bulls play next season, we’ll see how scared Rose is.

  1. bullredd23 - May 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Doesn’t this dumbass know that not too long ago this sort of injury ended careers? Should his teammates question him for being over-hyped entering the league, they foolishly compared him to Ray Allen, what a pipe dream.

    • nichobert - May 24, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Then again, he had the 2 best shooting months for a rookie guard ever..

      Beal really got steered into this by the idiot DJs, he’s 19. Sometimes 19 year olds say dumb things.

      Other than this, he has seemed almost frighteningly mature for his age with a real fire and hunger for leadership.

  2. paperexplosives - May 17, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    It takes a while to get use to the speed of a real NBA game, and rose coming back in the playoffs would have been pointless. He hasn’t been out there and the roster is already missing other pieces in Deng and Hinrich. If he didn’t come back in the regular season, then you shouldn’t have expected one in the playoffs. This is a FRANCHISE player we are talking about. It’s about the next 10 years, not the next 2 months.

  3. bullysix - May 17, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    I find this comment by Beal and his tweet right after wards to say he didn’t mean what he said is nothing but a booty butt rookie being told by someone that his ass was in his mouth with that comment.

    This is not taken lightly in Chicago so Beal just better hope he has nothing to do with guarding Rose this coming season. He can watch his boy Wall get his ass tore up again and again

  4. glink123 - May 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    asublimeday: best. post. ever.

  5. fruitcovejag - May 18, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Brad Beal is the next Ray Allen. Might want to get to know him. He’s going to be around for the next 12-15 years.

  6. nokoolaidcowboy - May 18, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Problem with Rose is that he should NEVER have gone long with those commercials hyping an emotional return to the court. It was over the top.

  7. allen227 - May 18, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    I respect Beal for standing up and saying what everyone else is thinking but are cowards for not having the balls to say it.

  8. whosweetlou - May 18, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Not one of you have mentioned the $200 million shoe contract he signed…. Im sure adidas had a couple things to do with him not playing.

  9. beardown2489 - May 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Who’s Bradley Beal?

  10. lilrock9 - May 18, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Shut up ROOKIE!!!!!!!!!!!
    Learn ur place. To be blunt ur not even that good Rook!

    • nichobert - May 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Beal with Wall was a 17/5 guy on crazy percentages. I forget what they were, but only Jordan and Hirnacek had that kind of efficiency as a guard while putting up over a 17/5

  11. deshackle - May 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I have a surgically repaired knee. It really took me three years to feel comfortable and go full speed again. With that being said, I think Derrick Rose should’ve played. It’s a team sport, his team might have been buoyed by him dressing out and giving them 5 minutes at 75%; especially on the United Center floor.

    Courage: The ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.

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