WASHINGTON — Three weeks after spraining his toe against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Derrick Rose says his toe isn’t an issue at the moment.
“I don’t feel it anymore,” Rose said. “My biggest thing now is just getting rest, that’s the biggest thing.”
Rose has even changed his diet in an effort to counter balance the toe issue. He has replaced candy with a hardcore chicken diet. “I stopped eating sweets as much. Getting rest, sleeping, just laying around in my bed getting sleep. Eating-wise, I’m only eating chicken. I don’t eat beef, pork or fish. I think I’ve been eating OK.”
But the big thing is Rose’s toe not being an issue when everyone close to the Bulls had already made peace with the fact he wouldn’t be 100 percent the rest of the year. Rose may still not be 100 percent but when you throw down 30-plus points in consecutive nights, it’s safe to say whatever percent Rose is operating at is sufficient.
“My toe is all right.” said Rose. “I’ve been getting treatment on it, so I’m fine with that. It’s just getting rest and getting the proper sleep in time.”
Rose is one of many banged up Bulls but being the leader he is, he has been toughing it out in big games. This isn’t to say guys like Luol Deng and C.J. Watson aren’t toughing it out, they just simply can’t play up to par. But Rose is the pulse of this team and playing 44 minutes on Sunday on a sprained toe speaks volumes about what kind of competitor he is.
The 34 point he hung on the Heat on the toe says all you need to know about what he means to this team.