As well as Derrick Rose played Monday night he recorded 32 points and seven assists in the Bulls 104-99 win over the Knicks he was none too happy after the game.
Rose, utilizing his typical attacking style of play, drove to the basket time and again against New Yorks defense and while he went to the charity stripe nine times, he expressed his displeasure with the officiating afterwards.
Ive got to be the only superstar in the league thats going through what Im going through right now, he said, referring to his lack of free-throw attempts. But I cant say too much about it.
However, when prodded, the reigning league MVP elaborated about what he believes is unfair treatment.
How many times did I shoot today? And Im the point guard, he said, before discussing his strategy to combat the problem. Keep going hard and make them call it. Keep driving. Just try to put pressure on them. If anything, I was worried about my turnovers.
I could care less right now about being fined by the NBA for his comments, the Englewood native continued. I want to continue to play the way I know how to play. I came in this league a driver. Nothing has changed. Ill continue to play hard and try to win.
Rose revealed that perhaps the games single biggest highlight moment following one of Taj Gibsons eight offensive rebounds, Joakim Noah ended up with the ball, then hit Rose with a gorgeous bounce pass for a powerful one-handed dunk, something hes eschewed lately was motivated by his hard feelings toward the game officials.
I kind of like blacked out right there. Id have to see it to go through it again to tell you how I felt. I probably was mad because they werent calling any calls the whole game, he said. I was just mad I guess. I dont usually dunk it. It takes me a lot to dunk. After that, I dont know what was going on. I probably blacked out a bit. I was just mad I wasnt getting any calls.