After battling through his sprained left big toe injury, suffered last Tuesday at Minnesota, for four games, Derrick Rose finally took a breather. Prior to Monday afternoons game in Memphis, Rose warmed up, but the pain of the injury was too much.
I went out there to shoot, a little sore, sorer than usual, he said after the Bulls loss to the Grizzlies. I decided to sit out. I was mad, mad the whole time, but hopefully in the future it gets better.
Said Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau: Hes day-to-day. Well see how he is tomorrow.
He just said it was sore. Thats it. If Derrick can play, hell play, he continued. Its a pain-tolerance thing, so well see how it goes.
At this point, Roses status for Tuesday nights home game against the Suns is uncertain.
If it was up to me, yeah. I want to play tomorrow. Ill try my hardest, but if not, Ill have to sit out again, said Rose. Yeah the team probably will recommend that he rests the injury, but its up to me if I want to go out there and play. Its my decision.
They left it up to me for tomorrow.
Rose was particularly disappointed that a game he had to sit out came in Memphis, where he played his lone season of college basketball.
It feels good being back here, seeing old faces from when I was back here. Its always fun to be here. Im kind of mad that I didnt get the opportunity to get out there and play, but theres always next year, he said. I was definitely mad tonight that I didnt get a chance to play, just to play for the fans, my fans back here. I was kind of upset about it.
In a bittersweet twist, Rose was officially named as one of 20 finalists for the 2012 USA Olympic basketball team.
Its an honor to be on that list. If it was up to me, Ill definitely play in it, but Coach K and all the coaching staff has to pick the players, said Rose of the long-expected nomination. Hopefully youll see me playing on that team, but if not, Ill definitely be training hard in the offseason.