Joakim Noah has had it with people in the media and some fans bashing Derrick Rose seemingly every chance they get. Joakim is doing what you are supposed to do by holding your boy down, but if he is being real he has to admit the injury bug Rose seems to attract brings the doubters. Earlier this week Rose caught some heat from the media when he made comments that sounded as if he really didn’t love the game, but Noah has a very specific message for everyone.


“Chill the f*** out” is what Noah would like people to do. The Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors 100-93 on Thursday, and Rose left the game late in the fourth after what the team termed a hamstring injury. Noah fielded a question afterward about how the team was able to stay strong given Rose’s ups and downs.

“We’re a group that’s gone through a lot,” Noah said. “And it’s just, looking at it as a teammate, it’s just frustrating because I feel like he’s sometimes portrayed as something that he’s not. You don’t come back from the injuries that he’s coming back from without unbelievable commitment, you know what I’m saying?

“I’m just growing and just watching the power that you [media] guys have, sometimes it’s just you guys can really portray somebody as something that he’s not,” he continued. “It’s just that, to me, that’s a little disappointing. Just because I know how much he cares about this game. I see it every day. I think we’re all in this together and this is not a one-man team, but at the end of the day, we need him. We need him.

“I just, I don’t want to see him down. I know sometimes it’s frustrating, you got injuries, you got tweaks. Every time something happens to him, people act like it’s the end of the world. And that’s f—ing so lame to me. Relax. Like, OK, he’s coming back from two crazy surgeries. Obviously we’re being conservative with him, and when things aren’t going right, he’s got to listen to his body more than anybody. So everybody needs to chill the f— out. I mean, I’m sorry for cursing, but I’m really passionate. I don’t like to see him down. And he doesn’t say that he’s down, but I don’t like it when, like, people portray him and judge him. ‘Cause it’s not fair to him. It’s not.

“We’re going to be just fine. We’re going to be just fine. We just got to take it as — just, everybody needs to chill out. Chill out.”

I like to see Noah standing up for his homie, while many other players would choose to not address it. Rose does need to prove to fans though that he is capable of holding up over a season and watch his words to not give people a reason to doubt him.