That Rose watched the late tipoff in street clothes, missing his fourth straight game with a strained left hamstring and eighth of 13 overall, only contributed to the changing narrative on Rose.
When healthy, Rose remains one of the game's dynamic talents, a rare mixture of speed and strength. But ever since the almost-too-good-to-be-true narrative changed when Rose tore his left ACL in April 2012, those two words - "when healthy" - have proved Rose's nemesis.
Rose, who declined comment on the scheduling coincidence, has played 15 NBA games since.
Hall of Fame guard Isiah Thomas knows Rose. He knows Chicago. He knows about playing through pain. And the NBA-TV studio analyst offers a substantive take on Rose's situation.
"If you study [Immanuel] Kant, he says each individual has dignity and value and shouldn't be used for the benefit of others," Thomas said by phone. "Sometimes, it's OK for the athlete to be protected from himself or not be treated as a means to an end."
Thomas says this despite scoring an
Yet Thomas, who stresses that Rose is dealing with overcoming two serious knee injuries and not a sprained ankle, offered an interesting response when asked if he owned any regrets over his decision.
"I have no regrets about playing with pain," Thomas said. "But if I had gotten further injured while doing so, I would."
Thomas, part of a long lineage of tough Chicago guards from
"Those injuries can affect his balance and then the knees," Thomas said. "You can't be from Chicago and where Derrick is from without being tough-minded."
This would jibe not only with Rose's injury philosophy this season but with that of the Bulls. They have been conservative with their franchise player since the start of training camp, sitting him in back-to-backs during the preseason and keeping him on minutes restrictions throughout.
“If a guy is injured, he should sit. If a guy is hurting, he should play. It's really that simple,” coach
—K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
Bargnani was hurt Friday during practice and an MRI revealed the injury.
The former No. 1 overall pick strained his right hamstring early in the preseason and had finally appeared near the point of returning. He has battled injuries since coming to New York from Toronto in a trade and hasn't played in the regular season since January, when he tore a ligament in his left elbow.
Howard also missed Wednesday's game against the Lakers and there is no timetable for his return.
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