Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose picked up his first technical foul of the season in Monday night's 98-88 road victory over the Washington Wizards because he felt it was necessary and important for him to stand up for himself.
The incident occurred at the five minute, 20 second mark of the second quarter when Rose attempted an up-and-under layup and it appeared as if he got bumped in the air by a Wizards defender. The 6-foot-3 point guard hit the floor and immediately got up to jaw at Eli Roe, who was the nearest official to the play. The instant Rose got off his feet and quickly walked toward to the referee you could tell that he was dead-set on getting T'd up. Sure enough, he did, and it was just the third one of his career, all of which have come in the last two seasons.
"I felt like I had to get that one," Rose told reporters after the game. "I didn't mean to get it the way I got it, but I felt like I had to say something."
Clearly, Rose's technical led to a positive outcome for him and coach Tom Thibodeau's Bulls. He had attempted only one free throw prior to the technical foul but went on to shoot 14 more from the charity stripe, sinking 13.
In Rose's first two NBA seasons, he did not pick up a single technical. However, as every superstar in the league has learned, players must do whatever they can to get an edge, and they know that it may lead to some complaining when it comes to communicating with the officials.
Because of the lack of calls Rose believes he has received, he has relied on his floater a lot more over the past few games. It has been one of his signature shots since he entered the league in 2008 and it can allow a player to avoid contact. The reigning league MVP makes his floater look easy most of the time, but he air balled two or three against the Wizards.
"I'm very comfortable shooting that shot," Rose said of his floater. "But I'm just taking what the defense gives me. I'm sick and tired of getting hit and not getting a call. Or getting hit and falling on the floor. That's an easy shot for me, so why not take it?"
Rose ended up with 35 points and eight assists on Monday and is averaging 23.3 points and 7.8 assists this season. Although, uncharacteristically, he failed to grab a rebound in a game for the first time this season.
Before the game, Rose spoke about the comments that Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard recently made.
"Me and Dwight definitely have a relationship, especially because of adidas," Rose told the assembled media. "Our market and [Chicago] speaks for itself if someone was interested to come to the Chicago Bulls. Dwight is a great player. who wouldn't want to play with him? But you never know what's going to happen."
Although, keep in mind that Rose had the same type of dialogue regarding past free agents such as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, among others.
Speaking to the Chicago Tribune on Friday after his team had been routed by the New Orleans Hornets, Howard said: "If I could play with Derrick right now and God wanted that to happen, it will happen. It has nothing to do with me not wanting to play with Derrick Rose. I love him. That's my brother.''
Howard added the fact that both he and Rose have contracts with adidas "has nothing to do with" his decision making.
Nothing is anywhere close to imminent and for a while now the Bulls have been considered a long-shot for Howard's services, which doesn't promise to change any time soon, barring the league's best center having a late change of heart.