Derrick Rose wasn't surprised by fine

Updated: March 19, 2012, 10:32 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose wasn't surprised he was fined $25,000 by the NBA for comments directed towards officials after last Monday night's game against the New York Knicks, but that doesn't mean he regrets anything he said.

"They were facts," Rose said with a smile regarding his comments last week, before Monday morning's shootaround. "I thought they were facts."

Rose took umbrage with the fact he only went to the line nine times against the Knicks.

"I've gotta be the only superstar in the league that's going through what I'm going through right now," Rose said last Monday. "But I can't say too much about it."

Rose tried to have a sense of humor about the fine.

"Losing 25K hurts," Rose said. "I don't care who you are, it hurts. I was just frustrated at the time and I couldn't stop myself, I couldn't hold myself back from saying what I said."

Rose said he is trying to develop more of a line of communication with officials.

"I think I am," he said. "Where (I'm) talking to the officials a little bit more. It's not going to stop the way that I play. Where I'm going to continue to attack, play hard, and, hopefully, I get the calls."

The soft-spoken superstar acknowledged that some fans still haven't gotten used to him speaking his mind on and off the floor.

"They still look at me as a little kid," he said with a laugh. "A little kid or ... I don't know how you would say it, like a demigod or something like that, where I can't say anything, man. For me to say something (about the officials), you know that I had to be thinking it. It's been four years; I was just frustrated at the time. They said they would look at it and (I'll) just try to move on from there."

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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