Injured Bulls star Derrick Rose spoke to reporters at the team's shootaround Saturday morning and said he's not aware of criticism for his decision to continue rehabbing his surgically-repaired left knee during the playoffs.
“That's my first time hearing about it,” Rose told reporters. “I barely turn on the TV. I'm with my son all day so that's about it.”
Frustration among Bulls fans regarding Rose's inactivity is clearly out there. But it's reasonable to believe he doesn't spend much time listening to sports talk radio or searching himself on Twitter.
“You hear stuff, people say stuff,” Rose said. “I have a lot of people text me, asking if I'm all right because I guess they're paying attention to what's going on in the social media, but I'm far from it. I rarely watch games. If it's not our game I rarely watch it.”
Rose said he's not getting pressure from anyone in the organization to play and didn't rule out taking the court in the next round against Miami.
“I'm feeling about the same,” he said. “Still being patient, still trying to take care of my body, and just trying to enjoy this time but cheer on my teammates.
“It's been hard (watching the playoffs). But I'm able to get past it knowing that my teammates, they're out there playing hard, giving it everything they got so that's all I can could ask for.”
Rose also dismissed the notion that his older brother, Reggie, or his agent, former Bulls guard B.J. Armstrong, are pushing him not to play this season.
“If anything it's up to me,” he said. “My brother and them can't tell me what to do with my body. They just give me control. I'm in control of the whole process so it's really all on me.”Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.