Bradley Beal on Derrick Rose: ‘I think he’s scared’

May 17, 2013

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Derrick Rose suffered an ACL injury last April and missed the entire 2012-13 season as a result. Despite being medically cleared to play in March, Rose decided to keep himself out, and has taken some heat for it. The criticism swelled when the injury-laden Bulls made, and then were knocked out of, the playoffs without Rose stepping onto the court once.

Some think it’s a mental issue, others have speculated it to be a business move designed to prove his worth. Rose insists that his self-benching is because he didn’t feel physically ready to play.

Bradley Beal, who is currently recovering from a stress injury, talked to LaVar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan about the situation.

“That’s hard, because I’ve never experienced that injury,” Beal said. “And I know what type of injury that is, it’s possible it’s gonna happen again. Knock on wood. But at the same time, you might have to give it a go. If you’re practicing for two months and everybody in practice is saying you’re practicing well, I figure you gotta give it a shot in a game.

“But it’s his decision. I can’t really have a say so in it. If he doesn’t feel he’s mentally confident to be able to go out there and help the team, I guess I can’t really blame him for it.”

When asked how he’d feel if a Wizards teammate made the same decision, Beal had to admit he’d lose some respect for that player.

“A little bit. Yeah, I would,” he said. “The type of player he is, and the mentality and competitiveness that he has, I think he would have gave it a go. I don’t know what was holding him back. I think he’s scared it’s probably going to happen again and he won’t be the same. But you’re never the same after an injury. But you just have to fight through it and do something else to be able to impact the game. I’m not sure what it is he has to do. I really can’t speak for him.”

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Dan Steinberg · May 17, 2013

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