Found May 15, 2013 on
The Chicago Bulls are getting ready to play the Miami Heat tonight without Derrick Rose. Rose has not played a single game this season. He is currently rehabbing from a torn knee ligament he sustained last year in the playoffs. Even though Rose has not gone to work for his company he is still getting paid. This season Derrick has earned $17 million. Maybe I should not use the word earned in this case or maybe I should.
Rose is getting a lot of flak from Bulls fans, the media, and possibly his teammates for not suiting up and playing basketball. The sporting industry now more than ever is understood as a business. Teams are letting veterans go and players are looking for a team that will sign them to a long term and highly paid contract.
We hear the line, “It’s a business,” either from GM’s or players depending on the situation. Rose is looking at his career as a business. Even though he has guaranteed money from both the Bulls and Adidas, Rose is playing it smart and waiting until he is mentally and physically ready to go back on the court.
Derrick is only 24 years old and wants to bring Chicago another NBA Finals trophy like Michael Jordan did in the 90’s. Now that Sports Illustrated has come out with their 10th annual ‘Fortunate 50’ which lists the 50 highest paid athletes in the country with Rose coming in at number seven, the debate about him playing or not playing will be taken to a whole new level.
This year Rose will be earning $33,403,000. That figure includes his contract with the Bulls and all his endorsement deals. While some are speculating that Adidas and Powerade are telling Rose to wait until next year, I am guessing that Rose is the one making the ultimate decision.
I am a glass is half full type of guy. Unfortunately in our society we want things NOW. We are all about immediate gratification. Bulls’ fans will see his earnings for this year and complain that he should be out there since he is making all that money. I say take a deep breath and relax.
Just look at what the Bulls did without their star player. Just imagine what they will do with a 100% healthy Derrick Rose. The Eastern Conference could be theirs. The Celtics are looking to rebuild, the Knicks are a complete mess, Indiana is a young team, and the Heat could lose some key players like Dwyane Wade next year.
I would rather see Derrick Rose have a long career instead of playing this season and possibly doing more damage on his knee. Rose is probably itching to play. He would want to help his team win this season, but the smarter thing to do is wait for next year. Yes Rose may have gotten a big paycheck for sitting on the bench, but next year should bring good things for Rose and the Bulls.
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Yeah, that isn’t happening...
A video poem dedicated to the 2012-13 whereabouts of Bulls star, Derrick Rose:
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Rose tore his ACL during Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
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