As you all know I am one of the biggest sports fans you will find anywhere. The athleticism, passion, discipline, and commitment athletes show is rarely matched. Regardless of talent, most, and I stress most, professional athletes epitomize what it takes to be successful in life. One that does not is Derrick Rose. This is a topic that has been bothering me for a few weeks now. Let us first start with the facts. Derrick Rose is a former Rookie of the Year and NBA MVP who plays, well played, for the Chicago Bulls. He was the youngest MVP ever in the NBA. Most consider him one of the top point guards in the association (NBA for you none slang users). Rose was a one and done college player for the University of Memphis and took them all the way to the Championship game. Ok, enough positive, lets get to the juicy stuff
Rose tore his ACL (knee) in the first game of the first round of the playoffs in April of 2012. The estimated recovery period for this type of injury is 8-12 months. This is where the story gets good. Through last summer and fall Rose rehabbed his knee and was on track to return within the previously mentioned timeframe. In March of 2013 Rose was medically cleared to play basketball on his surgically repaired left knee. A little more background; the NBA season runs from late October to mid April which is when the playoffs start and take the post season all the way through May. For this season, Rose’s salary is 16.4 million dollars. Keep in mind, he gets paid regardless of his play or lack there of. When the news broke of Rose’s recovery, fans were excited for him to return and help carry the team deep into the playoffs. However, as of today, he has not played a single second. Even though he has been seen dunking off of his alleged “bad” knee…
Rose continues to say he is not “mentally” ready to return. What does that even mean? Rose is an athlete, not a scientist. I understand the elite confidence that athletes have and the need for it, but come on, where is his competitive spirit. Where is his loyalty to his teammates and the fans that pay his salary? Oh wait I forgot Rose is not good at mental tests. Remember, he is the one who had someone sit in and take his SAT for him during his senior year at Chicago’s Simeon High School so he could get into Memphis.
I guess we should not expect Rose to take well to a mental test, perhaps he can find someone else to play the mental part of the game for him. With 16 million dollars I am sure you can buy a solution.