Bradley Beal calls Derrick Rose ‘scared’, says he would lose respect as a teammate

Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (left) sits next to teammate point guard Derrick Rose (right) during the second half against the Miami Heat in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Miami Heat won 94-91. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (left) sits next to teammate point guard Derrick Rose (right) during the second half against the Miami Heat in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Miami Heat won 94-91. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

For the sake of the health of a Bulls’ roster decimated by illness and injuries, Chicago’s season mercifully came to an end in a Game 5 loss to the Miami Heat in the second round of the NBA Playoffs.

However, the debate as to whether or not superstar point guard Derrick Rose should have suited up for his squad will continue to rage into the offseason.

For the most part, the verbal and written barbs have been tossed at Rose by those within the sports media industry. For the first time, an NBA player has called out Derrick Rose publicly for riding the pine all year despite being medically cleared to play for months.

Former Florida Gators star and top-five Washington Wizards draft pick Bradley Beal went on record saying that he would “lose respect” for Rose if he were the embattled Bulls’ star’s teammate.

“A little bit. Yeah, I would,” he told the Washington Post. “The type of player he is, and the mentality and competitiveness that he has, I think he would have gave it a go. I don’t know what was holding him back. I think he’s scared it’s probably going to happen again and he won’t be the same. But you’re never the same after an injury. But you just have to fight through it and do something else to be able to impact the game. I’m not sure what it is he has to do. I really can’t speak for him. …”

“That’s hard, because I’ve never experienced that injury,” Beal said. “And I know what type of injury that is, it’s possible it’s gonna happen again. Knock on wood. But at the same time, you might have to give it a go. If you’re practicing for two months and everybody in practice is saying you’re practicing well, I figure you gotta give it a shot in a game.

“But it’s his decision. I can’t really have a say so in it. If he doesn’t feel he’s mentally confident to be able to go out there and help the team, I guess I can’t really blame him for it.”

Beal just finished up his rookie season, so calling out a player of Rose’s stature probably is not in his best interest. All year, everyone in the Bulls organization continually supported their crown jewel and continually told the media that he could take all the time in the world to get himself back into the game.

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That being said, it will be interesting to see if other athletes asked about Rose’s decision to sit out will react like Beal or continue to say that Rose should take all the time he needs to come back.

[H/T: CBS Sports]

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  • Nigga man

    Nigger talk from a coon

    • bobby womack

      shut the fuck up

  • Bball all day

    Ridiculous headline! Teaching this kid not to talk to media. He said Rose is probably scared the injury will happen again. Not scared of competition. Cheap reporting!

  • Jay1000

    Man, did they take umbrage with his comments. He was not dissing Derrick Rose, they need to stop trying to start a controversy. He’s a rookie he doesn’t know how much the media can lie on you yet.

  • jake

    rose might have some reservations in playing, but the playoffs is no time to get back into playing after an injury. look what happened to nelson in orlando years ago. rose is not even in pre-season shape, regular season shape let alone playoff shape. he made the right decision not to play.

  • jake

    if he wanted to play he should have played before the reg season ended to get back into shape of the nba grind. again he might be scared but we will see next year..

  • http://www.facebook.com/JoseDanielBoyed El Zé

    You’re a rookie. You have no say. Just STFU and be glad you’re in the NBA, lol.

  • vern vern

    The media will surely turn words around.This guy just coming into the league will learn to keep his mouth shut I hope. I’ve had that same injury and though not an nba player with lots of medical staff I can see where Rose playing could be a mental thing. All I do is walk and it took me awhile to walk with confidence without thinking I’d re-injure.Imagine playing at a nba level of playoff basketball.

    On the other hand, if I was a teammate and I know the guy has been cleared to play and has even played full contact in practice I would feel a little slighted(especially if I’m playing hurt) but still understanding toward my teammate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shelleycurtiss Shelley-Stanton Curtis Johnson

    and you have acomplished what rookie?

  • Ken

    way to fuck the article with a poorly slanted title. Beal didn’t say anything wrong here.