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Derrick Rose ‘could care less’ about criticism over ‘long-term’ health comments

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Derrick Rose arguably caused some trouble for himself on Tuesday with some comments he made regarding how he takes the long-view when it comes to taking care of his body and health. And by “long-view,” the Chicago Bulls superstar is looking 10, 20 years down the road, well after he’s done playing basketball.

“I feel I’ve been managing myself pretty good,” Rose told the Chicago Tribune. “I know a lot of people get mad when they see me sit out. But I think a lot of people don’t understand that when I sit out it’s not because of this year. I’m thinking about long-term. I’m thinking about after I’m done with basketball, having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to. I don’t want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son’s graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. Just learning and being smart.”

His comments, not surprisingly — but arguably unfairly, depending on one’s point of view — irked some pundits, a few columnists and a lot of fans alike, many who questioned Rose’s commitment to the Bulls as well as his pride in being a top NBA player.

Rose addressed the backlash to his comments during Thursday’s shootaround ahead of Chicago’s game against the Toronto Raptors, indicating he doesn’t put much stock in the comments of others.

When asked if he understands why his comments may have bothered some people, Rose said he did not.

“No,” he said, according to ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell. “No, but I could care less.”

In making the comments, Rose insisted it was all about remaining true to himself and what he believes.

“Really, I was just being myself,” he said. “As long as I’m being myself, that’s the only person I can be, and that’s about it. But as far as saying anything, blame me for thinking about the future, I’ll probably think different, but that’s all I was doing.”

The one thing Rose admitted in relation to how the backlash may have affected him is the notion by some critics that his comments indicated he’s not committed to the Bulls.

“Yeah, to a certain degree,” he said. “Of course it’s going to happen, but at the same time, I can’t do anything about it. I just got to let God handle that and just put every performance and every article behind me every day.”

But in the end, Rose simply accepts that these kind of things are going to happen and that he’s used to the scrutiny.

“It comes with the territory,” Rose said. “I know that I’ve been [in the spotlight] ever since I came into the NBA. As far as everything that comes along with my story, missing two years, of course this is going to happen, so I’m not worried about it as long as I’m being myself.”

The microscope Rose has been under as he attempts to come back from two significant knee injuries has only been made more extreme due to how he’s played in only four of the Bulls’ first eight games this season as he deals with nagging ankle injuries.

When Rose has been in the lineup, he’s been highly productive and incredibly effective, averaging 17.5 points and 5.8 assists per game. And that’s with him arguably not quite yet 100%.

With all that in mind, Rose is left forced to manage the expectations of others when it comes to his playing. But it appears he remains committed to doing so on his own terms, both in the long-term and the short-term.

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