Joakim Noah has Derrick Rose's back.
Noah, who defended his Chicago Bulls teammate after a 100-93 win against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, said Rose doesn't deserve to be criticized for thinking about his long-term health at the expense of playing time.
Noah backed up Rose's commitment to the Bulls and accused the media of portraying the point guard unfairly.
"Every time something happens to him, people act like it's the end of the world," said Noah. "And that's fucking 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 fuck 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."
Rose left Thursday's game in the fourth quarter with an injured left hamstring after scoring 20 points in 29:51 minutes on the court.
He's already missed four games this season with sprained ankles but seemed unconcerned about the injured hamstring.
"We're going to be just fine," said Noah. "We're going to be just fine. We just got to take it as - just, everybody needs to chill out. Chill out."