I applaud Rose for not returning until he feels 100%. It's his career on the line and he needs to wait until his knee feels right. In my opinion he is doing the right thing.
But, Can you imagine the amount of hell that LeBron James would be catching in the media if he decided to sit out the end of the season and the playoffs after he was medically cleared to play
He'd be getting crucified on ESPN 24 hours a day.
the media sucks. been killing bron for years (starting with the d. marshall pass to the corner) for making the right play. yet they applaud kobe for going 1 on 4 hero ball and bricking it 8 out of 10 times at the close of games. yet, then he wins a title and all of a sudden he always makes the right play.
Absolutely nothing whimpy about saying no to thousands of fans, many friends and family and making better LONG TERM decision. Emotional decisions with immediate gratification < completely objective long term investments: all day.
He is damn smart for someone his age.
Also, Kobe has played hurt for years, as courageous as he is for playing with his horribly unbalanced muscle and joint stress..I garuntee he will have years if excruciating pain in his later years..I personally would've liked to see him take a year off following his 5th title to completely sort out his physical issues. Everyone pays a price for not listening to ther body when it says no.
If you haven't had or met someone with long term sports injuries you really don't have credibility in calling someone a whimp for sitting out hurt IMO.
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