Sunday, November 24, 2013

Every Rose has its torn

Derrick Rose torn meniscus november 2013

Former MVP guard Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls just can't catch a break. The 25-year-old Rose, who had missed nearly 18 months with a torn ACL in his right knee, tore his right meniscus versus the Portland Trailblazers just 10 games into his #return. He could be out anywhere from 8 weeks to 4 months.

As Derrick went down late in the third quarter, NBA fans quickly took to Twitter to show support and find status updates. When news broke via the Chicago Bulls Twitter feed, basketball fans were devastated.

Rose tore his ACL versus the Philadelphia 76ers during Game 1 of the first round of the 2011-2012 NBA playoffs. He missed the entire 2012-2013 NBA season, opting not to come back until he was "110 percent". Various optimistic timetables by Derrick's chatty brother/manager Reggie Rose, Bulls GM Gar Forman, and performing surgeon Dr. Brian Cole frustrated Bulls fans to no end.

Rose finally returned in a preseason game versus the Indiana Pacers on October 5. He has not yet resembled his former athletic self, averaging career-lows in points, assists, rebounds and minutes played.

Injuries suck

For every so many fans to show support, there was a troll comparing Derrick Rose to former Trailblazers guard Brandon Roy, proclaiming his career to be over, or articulately stating "Derrick Rose sucks". I understand their frustration, but A) Roy has degenerative knees, B) most NBA players recover from meniscus tears, and C) suck it.

Nobody likes a watered-down league, but sadly, injuries are a part of the game.

This year, more than others years, NBA teams are missing key catalysts. The Los Angeles lakers are playing without hyper-competitor Kobe Bryant. The Boston Celtics are missing orchestrator Rajon Rondo. The New York Knicks lost defensive anchor Tyson Chandler. Need I go on?

Derrick Rose's injury probably means that changes are underway. Tom Thibodeau is a smart coach and the Chicago Bulls are a tough bunch, but without Rose the Bulls can put their title hopes on hiatus. It would for instance make sense for the Bulls to trade UFA Luol Deng.

No matter what happens, though , I wish Derrick Rose a speedy recovery.

Update: Rose could have his meniscus removed (and come back within a month or two, but be limited for the rest of his career) or repaired (putting him out for the rest of the season).

Update 2: Rose underwent surgery today to repair his meniscus. He will miss the rest of the season.

Update 3: In an interview on December 5, Rose stated that he could possibly return for the playoffs.

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