After the Bulls unexpected 93-86 Game 1 win over the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday, Rose speculators started running their mouths more than usual about “the return.”
Joakim Noah stood up for his brother in red and had some words for the Rose-Haters out there. Noah told the press that what Derrick is going through is so tough and it’s amazing how quickly people jump to judge a player that they admired so deeply just a year ago.
“If you tore your ACL and you have to be the starting point guard and have the expectations that Derrick has, then maybe you can judge, but everybody who hasn’t been in that situation before should really shut up because I feel like it’s just so unfair to him and to this team. We’re fighting, and everybody’s going to just s— on somebody who’s been giving so much to this organization. It’s crazy to me,” he told ESPN Chicago.
Critics have been up and arms about Rose’s return since he was medically cleared in March and has not yet played this season. On Monday Rose told the media that he hasn’t been ruled out completely for the Bulls-Heat series, he said, “still up in the air. I might have a chance.”
Noah has a point though, since when would any of us fans, analysts or other players have any idea what he’s going through. Last time I checked we’re not franchise point guards that are expected to carry our teams on our backs. People expect Derrick Rose to come back in “too big, too fast, too strong” fashion – that’s just a little bit of pressure.
We can just add this to the list of reasons the city of Chicago loves Joakim Noah. Never lose your passion man. Preach Jo-No.