Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has received plenty of criticism because of his decision to sit on the sidelines in his fancy suits during the team’s postseason run, despite being medically cleared from the doctors. It is criticism that has been well-deserved, but since the Bulls were eliminated the criticism has started to die down — until today.
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal was asked about the Rose situation and he gave his opinion on Rose’s decision and it wasn’t one that is very flattering.
Beal said that he would lose respect for a teammate that acted that way.
When asked how he’d feel if a Wizards teammate made the same decision, Beal had to admit he’d lose some respect for that player.
“A little bit. Yeah, I would,” he said. “The type of player he is, and the mentality and competitiveness that he has, I think he would have gave it a go. I don’t know what was holding him back. I think he’s scared it’s probably going to happen again and he won’t be the same. But you’re never the same after an injury. But you just have to fight through it and do something else to be able to impact the game. I’m not sure what it is he has to do. I really can’t speak for him.”
Rose’s Bulls teammates publicly showed their support and defended their star players decision to milk his injury and keep a comfortable seat on the bench, but you have to wonder if they had opinions similar to Beal’s behind closed doors.
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