Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says his ankle and foot injuries have been exacerbated by the team's training staff taping his ankles too tightly, according to CSN Chicago.
Rose has been suffering from fluid build-up in his ankles, which the player himself acknowledged before the team shootaround last Wednesday in Charlotte. It was then that Rose said his injuries were being worsened, blaming it on his ankles being taped too tightly. On Thursday, after the Bulls lost to Miami, Rose further commented on the team's mistreatment of his injuries.
When asked about the report following Thursday's loss, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau replied, "I haven't heard that. I don't know where this stuff comes from. We've got a great medical staff, I can tell you that." Despite missing several games this year due to multiple injuries, Rose has been averaging 22.2 points, 7.9 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game. The Bulls (48-16) are first in the Eastern Conference, two games ahead of the Miami Heat. They next face another playoff bound team in the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.