Late in the Bulls 100-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, Derrick Rose took a hard foul from Charlie Villanueva which caused Rose’s nose to be cut open and bleed. Rose argued with Villanueva for a moment, getting in his face before being led to the sidelines to be medical attention from trainers.
After the game Rose was still steamed about the play.
“I was mad,” Rose said. “I’m sick and tired of people trying to take cheap shots at me. You got to say something.”
Rose has made his name in the NBA rising as a superstar but doing it quietly and humbly. Rarely do you see Rose showboating or trying to become his own brand. It’s especially rare to see emotion on the court form Rose outside of excitement and disappointment — never anger or violence.
But Rose felt it was time to stand up for himself. He got in Villanueva’s face and defended why after the game.
Rose didn’t attack the officials this time, as a flagrant foul was called on Villanueva and a technical followed that after he began arguing the call. It was the arguing and disupting of the flagrant foul that angered Rose as much as the play itself.
“You got to,” Rose said. “He didn’t even aim for the ball. At least go for the ball. I felt like he didn’t and that’s the reason why I got mad a little bit.”
Tom Thibodeau seemed to be fine with the explanation he got and remains focused and concerned with keeping Rose healthy for the playoffs then anything else.
“Look, these guys are great officials,” Thibodeau said. “So (the official) said ‘it appeared to be worse than it actually was.’ That’s what he said to me. Usually when they say that, they know they’ve gotten a pretty good look at it, so I dropped [the complaining] right there.”
Rose isn’t exactly sure why it seems some players target him but it doesn’t bother him. To him it comes with the territory of being better then everyone else in the league — in particular the attackers.
“I really don’t know,” he said. “Probably because I don’t say anything or whatever, but I’m a man, where in situations like that you have to say something.”