David Stern insists NBA hasn’t taken hit from Derrick Rose sitting out
April 25, 2013 11:13PM
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, second from right, watches from the bench during the second half of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, April 22, 2013, in New York. The Bulls won 90-82. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Updated: April 27, 2013 5:58PM
NEW YORK — NBA commissioner David Stern weighed in on Derrick Rose’s seasonlong absence from the Bulls on Thursday, insisting his league hasn’t been hurt by one of its brightest stars electing to sit out.
“The simple answer is no,” Stern said when asked if the league took a hit by Rose being idle for nearly a year. “As the overall league, we’ve had a good season and it will be a better league when he returns.”
Stern, meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors at his Manhattan office, said he has no issues with Rose continuing to sit despite having medical clearance to play on his surgically repaired left knee.
“I wouldn’t want him to go if he doesn’t feel up to it,” Stern said. “He has his own medical advice and he should feel comfortable following it.”