Thibodeau Accuses Refs of Swallowing Their Whistles
Derrick Rose isnt getting to the free throw line as much as he traditionally has in seasons past, and Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau feels like Roses on-court demeanor may have something to do with that.
In 2012, Rose averaged 6.1 free throw attempts per game, and in his 2011 MVP season, he got to the line almost seven times per game.
Its only been three games this year, but Roses attempts have essentially been cut in half, with the explosive guard logging just 10 total free throw attempts on the season thus far.
Its a tough spot for Thibodeau to be in publicly, because criticizing the officials in any way usually comes with it a sizable fine. But he did give us a glimpse of what he believes the issue is.
From Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times:
"Ten free throws in three games for Derrick Rose? Are the referees swallowing their whistles when the NBAs 2011 MVP hurtles to the rim?
Next question, coach Tom Thibodeau said before weighing in. Ill say this: I dont know of anyone who drives as hard as he does. Nor as fast as he does. And I think sometimes hes penalized for being a nice guy. Ill leave it at that."