Let’s End The Culture Of Fear Around Derrick Rose

RoseToday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) After taking his oath of office in 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stood atop Capitol Hill in D.C. and famously declared to his fellow Americans that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

But you know, he never met Derrick Rose.

At least, that’s what Rose’s critics and fans might tell you today, considering how many of them seem to find reason to fear just about everything involving the Chicago Bulls’ electrifying but creaky superstar.

They’re fearful about Rose’s knees when he doesn’t play basketball. And they’re fearful for his knees when he does. When Rose sits out playoff games, they’re fearful that he’s a selfish player. And when he goes all-out in exhibitions, they’re fearful that he’s a reckless one. After scoring only three points during USA Basketball’s 30-point blowout of Slovenia on Tuesday, I’ve even seen them fear that Rose just isn’t good any longer.

For an athlete who’s spent his entire life striking fear in the hearts of opponents, it’s ironic to now see so many people so fearful for Rose. Perhaps you’re one of them. If so, it’s understandable to fret about the health of a guy who’s played only 49 NBA games in three seasons.

But it’s pointless to live in fear of it.

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