Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah understands that the injury bug keeps biting Derrick Rose. He knows it's frustrating for everyone, including Rose. But he had an impassioned, profane message for those criticizing Rose or doubting his commitment.
"Every time something happens to him, people act like it's the end of the world. And that's fucking so lame to me. Relax. Like, okay, he's coming back from two crazy surgeries. Obviously we're being conservative with him, and when things aren't going right, he's got to listen to his body more than anybody. So everybody needs to chill the fuck out," Noah said following Chicago's 100-93 win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, via James Herbert of CBS Sports. "I mean, I'm sorry for cursing, but I'm really passionate. I don't like to see him down. And he doesn't say that he's down. But I don't like it when, like, people portray him and judge him. 'Cause it's not fair to him. It's not."
The comments came after Rose left the Bulls' win with a hamstring injury. Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, has missed four of the Bulls first nine games during the 2014-2015 season and come under fire for his comments about his cautious approach to playing. Rose talked on Tuesday about how he's thinking about life after his basketball career is over when it comes to sitting out. Rose's remarks caused some to question his commitment to leading the Bulls to an NBA title.
Rose told TNT's Rachel Nichols that he "could care less" about his critics.