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"The medical recommendation for Rose by the surgery was eight to 12 months. It is now 10 months in. As Thibodeau says, right on schedule. Not necessarily to play, but in rehabilitation. And as I’ve noted, even if Rose returns this season it’s only as a part time player. Though it is a good lesson for him as it was for LeBron. Most don’t love you. They cheer for you so they can experience their own good feelings, be it their team or their wager or them declaring themselves a winner by you efforts. It’s the other side of what athletes say about the game becoming a business. Players unfortunately find out they are equally disposable to many fans. Can you blame them that much when they then don’t stop for autographs or blow off appearances. Now here’s a kid who has been a wonderful role model, never in trouble, dedicated to his family, taking terrible blows in games like those vicious falls after being smacked down by Dwight Howard and playing though excruciating pain and putting himself on the line in big playoff games again and again against the top players in the league, bringing home to Chicago honors and declaring his fidelity to the city. So he has a career changing injury. And yes, an injury like that often does change your career. While just a kid, just 23 years old. You are indestructible one day and the next you can’t walk or stand up without help and you have to go through long day after long day learning to walk again and it’s not even a year yet in a doctor’s recommendation that full recovery isn’t for 12 to 18 months and people are calling you names. So you wonder why athletes get like they do sometimes. I’m not suggesting Derrick is or even hears this stuff as he stays pretty much to his family and the team. I’m around the team enough to know his relationship with the players isn’t any different than it was a year ago"
- Bulls beat writer Sam Smith goes ether on the weird Derrick Rose fan backlash in his latest mailbag. (via nbaoffseason)