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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has told the media to “chill out” with their reaction every time team-mate Derrick Rose goes down with an injury.
Rose was forced to sit out the end of the win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night after he slipped and fell in the fourth quarter which tweaked his hamstring.
The 26-year-old has since insisted that it is minor and that he hopes to return to practice on Friday, but he was criticised for his comments earlier this week when suggesting that he would sit out games this season if he didn’t feel he was 100% healthy for the sake of his life after basketball.
Both Mike Dunleavy and Pau Gasol came to his defence and insisted that he was still committed to the team this season, but it is undoubtedly frustrating to see one of the league’s top stars consistently sidelined.
“I guess it’s cramps in my hamstrings,” Rose said. “But I think it’s minor, and they decided to pull me out.”
“I don’t think it’s that serious. Just ice it, stim, see if I can practice [Friday] and give it a go Saturday.”
Having missed four games already this season with sprained ankles, Rose managed to score 20 points on 5-of-14 from the floor in 30 minutes while he also had four assists, three rebounds and five turnovers on the night.
However, while he seemed fairly relaxed in his assessment of the injury, team-mate Noah delivered a passionate defence of his ‘little brother’ and slammed the reaction to his injuries.
“Every time something happens to him, people act like it’s the end of the world, and that’s f—ing so lame to me. Relax. He’s coming back from two crazy surgeries, obviously we’re being conservative with him, and when things aren’t going right, he’s got to listen to his body more than anybody.
“So everybody needs to chill the f— out. I’m sorry for cursing but I’m really passionate. I don’t like to see him down and he doesn’t say that he’s down, but I just don’t like it when people portray him and judge him because it’s not fair to him. It’s not.
“We’re going to be just fine. We’re going to be just fine. We just got to take it — everybody just needs to chill out. Chill out.”