Posted August 21, 2014 by Luis Mercado in Sports

No Need To Worry: Derrick Rose To Play Against Puerto Rico

People began to worry a bit as Derrick Rose sat out against the Dominican Republic because of reported knee soreness.

Rose claims that the story is simply not true, and he just needed a bit of rest.

He told Ken Berger of CBSSports.com the following about his rest.

“Just trying to protect myself, just knowing that this is a long, long schedule and this is the most basketball I’ll be playing in two years,” Rose said. “So I’m just going in, trying to gear up, making sure that I’m healthy….”

Rose went through shootaround Wednesday morning and participated in pre-game warmups. At one point, he said the decision to sit was “a team thing.” At another point, he said, “They gave me the opportunity to go out there and play tonight, and I chose to rest a little bit.”

Then, he said, “I wouldn’t say it’s my call.”

Wait…. huh?

He told ESPN the following after hearing the crowd chant his name during the 105-62 blow out.

“The crowd, them chanting your name four or five times, I’m like, ‘Come on, I want to be out there, but at the same time, my health is the No. 1 issue right now.”

Rose just has to make sure he is completely healthy. No matter how much we want to see him, we absolutely want to see him for the next ten years without another big injury. Hopefully the pressure of the fans and himself doesn’t make him push too hard.

As of right now he is planning on playing Puerto Rico at 7pm this Friday at Madison Square Garden.