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Bulls VP Paxson latest to defend Derrick Rose’s decision

May 28, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

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Do you really expect anybody with the Bulls to say anything differently? They need to keep their star happy, for one. Second, Rose remains liked by teammates and those around the organization that know him.

So it’s not shocking that John Paxson, Bulls VP of all things basketball, came to the defense of those that criticized Rose. Paxson spoke on WSCR-AM 670 The Score, with a transcription via the Chicago Tribune.

“It’s the way of the world now, the social media, everything that goes on,” Paxson said. “Everybody wants to point a finger and blame and accuse and that kind of stuff. And the reality is, Derrick and us, we were all on the same page from the beginning. If he was ready to play mentally and physically, he was going to play. It didn’t happen this year…

“There’s no question in my mind that the time he spent on his body this past year was the best thing he’s ever done because I think he’s learned that, to compete in an NBA season and absorb the physical contact that he does, what he’s done during this rehab has benefitted him greatly. I think it’s going to make him better and stronger.”

If Rose comes back stronger and, more importantly, with an improved jump shot that’s great. The Bulls need that.

Personally, I’m done with this debate. You know where I stand (Rose had ever right to sit out but handled the PR poorly, he should have just said he was out with 10 games to go in the season).

But the fact simply is that when he comes back next fall and plays like the old Derrick Rose the entire city of Chicago will be behind him by the fifth game. This will all be ancient history. And I’m ready for that, ready to move on.

  1. jack3dsd - May 28, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    if he plays like the old derrick rose

  2. holleywood9 - May 28, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    I’m excited to see the new Derrick

  3. minilb - May 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    There is no guarantee that Rose will be his old self, just as good, better or worse. If Rose is still not ready to go by camp time then he’ll more then likely never be ready. Rose needs to take this time to mentally prepare, run as hard as he can and make all the cuts he would during a game. He needs to show himself that the knee will hold up. An example of the mental difference between football players and basketball player. RG3 stated he will be ready by time training camp starts. That is a quick recovery considering that his knee was shredded in January.

  4. hungryhungryhibbert - May 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    I applaud rose for his foresight … If you don’t feel comfortable that is when other injuries may arise because you’re favoring the other knee or whatever … Still dislike the bulls GO PACERS

    • hehateme2 - May 28, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      I think he was scared of the HEAT. Can’t blame him.

  5. iowahbr - May 28, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    If ifs and buts were candy and nuts every day at the madhouse would be Xmas. The fellow has millions in the bank if he never plays another game at whatever level and while he did have the right to not play at all this season it was a fan tease and handled poorly. Even if he does play well the current bull can hit 2011 for replay in 2014 but it will still be fun to watch him. the less Paxson says the faster we will all forget the whole 12/13 season.

  6. cfos00 - May 28, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    I don’t think that they handled it poorly by not coming out and saying he was out. What possible advantage did the Bulls have—at all–by coming out and saying he’s out? By stringing it along, they at least made the Heat and Nets think about the possibility of him coming back. That’s another thing for other teams to spend coaching time and practice time on, and it’s not like they owe the press or anyone else a thing. They did what was best for Derrick if the team. If he felt like he could come back, great, it sounds like the team would have welcomed him on the court. If not, as long as they were on the same page, why say anything to anyone outside the organization? It only helps the opponents and bookies.

  7. gmsingh - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Paxson was in on the fix.

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