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Quote of the Day: That’s not a nice thing to say about your mother, Derrick Rose

Oct 2, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose waits for the start of a media interview at the start of the team's training camp at the Berto Arena in Chicago, Illinois Reuters

“I don’t care if it’s my mom on the court, she’s going to get killed.”

Derrick Rose talking about his level of motivation on the court, via Aggrey Sam of

Two years ago, nobody questioned Rose’s work ethic, commitment to the game or to the Bulls. He was one of the NBA’s new generation of model citizens.

Then after his knee injury, he decided he couldn’t come back until he felt right — something that is completely within his rights. He knows what his knee feels like, not fans or sports talk radio hosts. Only Rose gets to make the call on when he could return to the court. But he turned it into a PR mess by having a series of commercials about his efforts that led nowhere, then never closing the door on his return — even during the playoffs when it was obvious he wouldn’t come back he would work out before games then not play, at the same time his teammates were trying to play through their own injuries. Rose might not care, but he came off looking bad.

Now he’s back and out to re-establish his credentials as a hard worker dedicated to the game — hence the “Basketball is Everything” ad. The only real way to do that is to just get out on the court and ball like his old self. Do that and the city of Chicago and the legions of Bulls fans will fall right in line again.

  1. chiadam - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Hopefully this campaign is better than the #thereturn#ohwaitaminutenevermind obe .

  2. antistratfordian - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Nothing is going to keep this warrior off the court. He’s too tough. Hard as nails.

    • fanofthegame79 - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Except the lack of muscle memory in his leg…. (strangest reason I’ve ever heard)

  3. packersrule52 - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    What’s wrong with him working out before games? The only way for him to get right is to get out there and move around. Some doctors out there say you’re not truly 100% for 18 months. Adrian Peterson being himself after 8 months is the exception, not the norm.

    • chicitybulls - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Shhh, you’re making sense and logic doesn’t play when you’re dealing with morons.

  4. nflcinbengals - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    My hero!!!

  5. bluflower010 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Derrick Rose is a fake not as humble ppls think

  6. sportsguy88 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Everyone keeps saying “He should have come back in the playoffs.” The truth is, I have never heard anyone actually say that. Not in the media nor in conversations. Who actually said that??

    • fanofthegame79 - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Tons of commentators on TV covering NBA games (specifically Bulls games), right after his doctor medically cleared him to play right around the All-Star break last season. And then all thought the playoffs (especially before the Heat series).

      • chicitybulls - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        But not the Bulls commentators (Stacy King and Neil Funk). The ones that’s covering the team and around them day in and day out. Probably people that see them once a month or so were making those claims which puts them in the same category as some fans of other teams that had an opinion on what he should do.

  7. totoywoods - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    chicity here!
    da bears…

  8. azarkhan - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    “I’d run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl.” – Joe Jacoby, Washington Redskin
    (Raiders linebacker Matt Millen replied, “To win, I’d run over Joe’s mom, too.”)

  9. jimeejohnson - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    I’d run over some punk on a rice burner who break checks in front of me on a highway.

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