I don't know how many posts I've written about Derrick Rose, but I think it's time that there be a change in how Rose plays the game. Coming off of two years of being a bystander and countless jokes at his (and the Bulls') expense it's time for Rose to stop putting his body through the torture that is his game. The whole "drive to the basket and get the foul" way of him playing is destroying his body and at 26 years old Rose should be able to play several games in a row. Right now Rose can't even play two games back to back without his body reacting negatively and that's when Rose has to sit for more games. Rose is too young to get the Tim Duncan treatment from coach Thibodeau. The way San Antonio coach Popovich treats the aging players on his roster is genius because they're well into their NBA careers, well into their 30's and Rose is, like I said, 26.
I understand telling Rose to reign it in is difficult because he won an MVP going 100mph and going so hard when he has the ball, but for his own sakes I'm hoping that he incorporates more of Chris Paul's game into his. Instead of being a Russell Westbrook type of point guard maybe it's time Rose dials it back, pace the floor, find his open teammates, and become more of a traditional point guard. So that he can be at his son's graduation without any soreness as Rose himself said he wants to do when he's older, he's going to have to adjust his game. Rose is not only doing himself harm he's doing the Bulls harm because the team is better when he's on the floor and with him missing every other game because of nagging injuries isn't helping. Especially when his teammates are playing through nagging injuries that has to irk fans, Thibodeau, and teammates.