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What sore neck? Derrick Rose says he will play vs. Knicks Thursday

Oct 31, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

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Despite what a few selfish Bulls fans and some talk radio folks think, Derrick Rose is a tough guy. Mentally and physically. He played through a lot of injuries his first couple years (including a painful toe issue at the time of his knee injury).

So while Tom Thibodeau called him a “game time decision” it really shouldn’t be a surprise the sore neck he suffered opening night isn’t going to keep him out the Bulls nationally televised game against the Knicks Thursday. Here is what he said at shootaround, via Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com.

“Oh, hell yeah,” he emphatically responded, when asked if he’d play against the Knicks. “For sure, I know I’m going to play. It’s just that I have to get loose….

“My neck is a little bit sore. We’ll have to see how it is later on tonight,” he said. “Just neck soreness, almost like a crook in your neck. But I should be fine.”

Rose struggled to find his rhythm in the opener against the Heat, going just 4-of-15 shooting. That is a tough team for him, the Heat have the athletic defenders and length to cut off his driving angles, which in turn seemed to lead to a few forced shots (he still had a couple impressive drives).

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The Knicks are a different challenge — he likely gets a lot of Iman Shumpert on him (among others) and when he does drive into the lane Tyson Chandler will be there. That’s potentially good, but also different from how the Heat defend, and we’ll see if Rose is just more comfortable with everything at NBA game speed now.

If so, it might be rough for a Knicks team on the second night of a back-to-back.

  1. antistratfordian - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    “Derrick Rose is a tough guy. Mentally and physically.”

    Rose cries far too much in public to claim mental toughness. Catching you once is fine… two, three times though? Cmon, man!

    “This is the NBA: No Boys Allowed. Big boys don’t cry. But, if you’re going to do it, do it in the toilet where no one can see.” – Phil Jackson

    • casualcommenter - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      So the biggest Heat homer on this site posts a specific quote from Phil Jackson criticizing players for crying.

      Ironically, he doesn’t realize that Jackson’s quote was in response to being asked about Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra admitting to the press that anonymous Heat players were crying in the locker room after a tough regular-season loss to (you guessed it) the Chicago Bulls in 2011.

      • casualcommenter - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Here’s a source for that information on Jackson’s quote: http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=6195016

      • antistratfordian - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        I know what Phil Jackson was referring to, but it applies to everyone, not just Chris Bosh.

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        haha, nice.

      • chicitybulls - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        The guy is certifiable and a troll. He has nothing better to do but bash on D. Rose and the Bulls. He’s the Pied Piper of bandwagon heat fans (not the real, smart ones). I’m sure every time he types something he smiles to himself before he takes a big swig of Yoohoo. No rational person would think that Rose is weak mentally or physically. You dont make it out of Englewood being mentally weak but he wouldnt know anything about that and that would contradict his spiel.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        Hey, chicitybulls, saying Rose cries a lot is not trolling. You can try to sell me on the idea of an athlete known for crying being “mentally tough” but I’m not buying.

        ” You dont make it out of Englewood being mentally weak.”

        That’s a stereotype and it’s impossible for that to be true 100% of the time. And, in any case, sometimes star basketball players become protected because the community wants them to make it out. They get steered out of trouble.

      • chicitybulls - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        Yeah, you go with that…that it’s a “stereotype”. Meanwhile, while I may live in another part of the city (westside), I have family on the southside that knows that that’s not the case. He had his brothers to protect him. But you go ahead and live in your little world in which you are always right and nobody can tell you different. Only time that man cried is when he won the MVP and last year when his shoe got launched and he reflected on how bad things were/are in the city. Can you tell me another time?

        I would be interested in what you would say to the man to his face.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        @chicitybulls

        “Can you tell me another time?”

        “A year ago, the Heat had Crygate after losing to Bulls. Sunday, Derrick Rose welling up with tears in the Chicago locker room after missing two foul shots that would’ve put Chicago ahead in the final minute. Even more was mild-mannered Rose’s language to reporters: ‘I missed both those motherf——-.’”

        -David Hyde, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

        Once is an accident, twice is coincidence, three times is proof.

        “But you go ahead and live in your little world in which you are always right and nobody can tell you different.”

        There’s a name for my “little world.” You know it as “the real world.”

      • philtration - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        Give antistratfordian a break.

        He only has 3 websites saved on his AOL browser.
        “LeBron Chocolate Starfish Pics”
        |”D Wade Nip Slip”
        and this one.

    • chicago1996 - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      antistratfordian- ignorance is bliss.

      sports fans appreciate an athlete who are passionate and appreciative of their fans. Making fun of someone who cried in public, bc he was overwhelmed with emotion? That’s plain ignorance, no one cares what arguement you bring to table, bc itwould make zeron sense. Idk about the rest of you Bulls fans, but i find that kind of passion admirable.

      And for the record, i would watch D Rose cry in public over the Heat’s terrible flopping, and acting any day. I would consider flopping for fouls on the court as the same as crying on the court, i mean lets just call what it is. Do something producitve and hop on the Heat’s blog, and blog about how much you love their acting. Good day.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:12 AM

        “sports fans appreciate an athlete who are passionate and appreciative of their fans.”

        Appreciative of their fans? http://derickroseisajerk.blogspot.com/

        “One of the security guards saw my son’s dejected look as he stood there holding his Derrick Rose jersey, and said ‘I think it’s time to get a new role model kid.’”

  2. nflcinbengals - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    casualcommenter you sir just made my day lol!

  3. asublimeday - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    So the biggest Heat homer on this site posts a specific quote from Phil Jackson criticizing players for crying.

    Ironically, he doesn’t realize that Jackson’s quote was in response to being asked about Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra admitting to the press that anonymous Heat players were crying in the locker room after a tough regular-season loss to (you guessed it) the Chicago Bulls in 2011.

    ——–

    Do you need directions to the burn ward?

    • antistratfordian - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Everyone knows that Phil Jackson said that in reference to the Heat. That’s how I know the of the quote myself! But how does that make Derrick Rose’s crying exempt?

      It still applies. Big boys don’t cry.

      • basketballgod87 - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        i see we got people on here that hate on anything

      • antistratfordian - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        I’m not hating on anybody. Just don’t try to convince me that a player who cries about missing free throws in a regular season game is “mentally tough.”

        Rose is a great player and I really don’t care if he cries or not – I still like watching him play. But mental fortitude is not his strong suit.

  4. jzone954 - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Was Phil referring to Jordan when
    He was crying on the trophy? Because if he wasn’t, really not a wise thing to say

  5. jzone954 - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    The bible says , Jesus cried.
    Nothing wrong with men who have cried.

  6. rickyspanish - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    This is shaping up to a contentious season in ye olde comment section. We just need some cantonbound sprinkled in to make it official. I think Mr Wright gave up on basketball, he was pissed last year.

  7. nflcinbengals - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    HAHAHA

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