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John Calipari comes to defense of Derrick Rose

May 24, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

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First Jim Boeheim has Carmelo Anthony’s back, now it’s time for another coach to get a former star’s back.

Kentucky coach John Calipari was on the Adam “the Bull” & Dustin Fox show on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, and when asked about Derrick Rose and his injury — and the heat he took in Chicago for not playing this season, particularly in the playoffs, even after he was cleared by doctors — you knew he would come to his former player’s defense.

“An NBA player’s body, if he does anything to hurt his own body he’s wrecking his own career. You let them listen to their bodies.

“The second thing is, I’ve talked to Chicago Bulls management, I know all those guys… and you know what? They’re fine. They didn’t want him to go back. As a matter of fact, they wanted to announce he wasn’t coming back, but Derrick didn’t want to do it because he thought if there is any chance for me to come back…

“But let me ask you this: At the end of the day after they got going, and they were going to play Miami in the second (round), what good would it have done other than he could have got hurt? Tell me what good it could have done?

“So all this stuff, is all fine, all I can tell you is he’s a great kid, the Bulls supported him. I support him because I’m not gonna (say), ‘Yea, head out there, why doesn’t he come back this is crazy the doctor cleared him, okay now he got hurt.’ How do you feel now?…

“Knowing him the way he is, knowing he is a great kid and somebody who probably in the worst way wanted to play, but just was so tentative he wasn’t right. He didn’t trust it yet and you gotta respect that.”

I’ll only add what I have said all along on this — Rose’s only mistake was not letting the Bulls do what they wanted and late in the season just saying he was done for the year. Keeping the door open then working out right before the games just looked bad.

  1. adoombray - May 24, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Derrick Rose is a grown man who doesn’t need anybody to defend him, and he probably understands better than most that no matter who you are or what you do there will always be critics.

  2. ljl2 - May 24, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Does it matter he spent most his time talking about Noel?

  3. starvingardens - May 24, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Whoever is hating on Rose should just leave him be. This is his livelihood and career. Don’t you all remember what happened to Grant Hill? For those people that don’t remember what happened, Doctors said that he was able to come back from his severe injury, and look at what happened to him. He was destined to be one of the greats but wanting to please the fans by coming back only made things worse.

    When he’s ready… he will play. Enough already.

    • gordocb - May 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      You can’t compare Rose’s injury to Grant Hill’s they are completely diferent situations. Hill’s was an ankle, and he had screws put into it along with multiple surgeries, Rose obdviously had a torn ligament, and getting back out there and playing was part of his prescribed rehab. I can understand being tenative or just plain scared you would hurt it again. But if the doctor’s are telling you the only way to complete your rehab is to play, then you need to get out there and play. Whether it’s the playoffs or not should make no difference, you should be doing what the doctor tells you, and playing is all that was left to do to complete thr rehab, that’s why they cleared him to play. I love D-Rose as a player and i agree it’s his body and his career and he needs to look out for himself, but i don’t think being scared is a good enough reason to not get back out there and play, especially when the doctors say that’s what you need to be doing. I think no less of him as a man or a player, and i don;t think others should either. I’m just concerned that there may be others in his ear giving him bad information that could be causing this whole situation.

  4. logisticalvoices - May 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    “When he’s ready… he will play. Enough already.”

    I don’t think most people are arguing that. However, Bulls fans deserved to know one way or the other. Obviously, a decision was made that wasn’t announced while Bulls fans kept hoping against hope that he would come back. At best, it was bad judgment. At worst, it was pretty classless.

    • topdawg4ever - May 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      The Bulls organiztion should have gone ahead and said he wasn’t available. Leaving it up in the air just made things worse. Rose didn’t want to let his team or fans down but by saying “he might come back” made everyone hopeful and then angry. Bottom line is he has to feel secure in his playing- this injury can end a creer if you come back too soon. There was no way the Bulls would have gone to the finals and beaten the Heat even with Rose. Better to let him totally recover (mentally and physically) and come back strong next year.

  5. ohiogator - May 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    I listened to this idiot live during this interview today. He seemed standoffish and arrogant throughout the whole interview on bull and fox. The only reason they wanted in interview calipari is to ask him about Noel possibly going #1 to the cavs.

  6. jthammerstix - May 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    John cal is a scumbag

    • badintent - May 25, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      So says John Cheny. ha. What a pair. Mutt and Jeff.

  7. jhuck92 - May 25, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    A “former star,” Kurt? If he sucks when he comes back, then he should be considered a former star. But we haven’t seen him play yet to determine that. It’s almost like you’re taking little cheap shots at him whenever you can.

    • Kurt Helin - May 25, 2013 at 2:12 AM

      A former star of his, not that Rose is washed up.

  8. cranespy - May 25, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Tic…..tic……tic……tic……the countdown clock is ticking…..

  9. florida727 - May 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Management says the doctors cleared him to play, not that he should come back and play. The media says he should have come back and played. Some fans say he should have come back and played. The idiot talking heads on TV say he should have come back and played. You know who’s missing from the critics list? His TEAMMATES. And they’re the only ones that count.

  10. topdawg4ever - May 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    True, but even afyer Noah came out and supported Rose a lot of the fans still were mad. Let’s see what happens next year when Rose comes back- I’m sure those same idiots who attacked Rose will be back on the bandwagon again.

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