In what seems like a reoccurring nightmare, Derrick Rose is more than likely out for the season after suffering a medial meniscus tear in his right knee....AGAIN. Rose has now torn his right knee twice, not to mention a torn ACL on his left. Three season-ending injuries in three consecutive seasons for the former MVP.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions regarding this injury, as the Bulls nor Derrick seem to know when it happened. Also, Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune says that the severity of the injury is unknown, stating that the injury "could be like Westbrook's."
For those that don't know, Thunder star Russell Westbrook suffered the same injury and underwent 3 surgical procedures before returning to the court in about 2 months. Westbrook didn't tear his ACL and meniscus prior to that injury like Derrick did, so don't hold out hope that Derrick is returning anytime soon, I'm more than positive his season is now OVER.
As a lifelong Bulls fan, this is probably the most disheartening injury of all-time. When Derrick went down with that torn ACL the first time, Chicago was devastated. But the future was still bright and Derrick was still a young kid. "The Return" is what they dubbed it, and Bulls fans just figured it was just another bump in the road in the post-Jordan era.
A full season went by without Derrick on the court, but the resilient Bulls advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals without him.
Rose returned the following year, boasting that he was going to be more explosive than he ever was. He also bragged that he actually increased his vertical by 5 inches.
Then Derrick went down on a cold November night in Portland early in the 2013-14 season, crushing the hopes and dreams of Bulls fans nationwide...I shouldn't say he went down, because it was an odd-looking injury the second time around. Same terrible news, just a different type of injury. Once again, Chicago's star player was out for the season. Doubt started to settle in and fans and experts alike started to wonder if Derrick's body could handle his quickness.
So, the city of Chicago patiently waited for their hometown hero to "return" a second time while the internet had their laughs and memes at the expense of Derrick and Chicago's misery.
The 2014-15 season started with Derrick missing eight of the team's first 13 games. He dealt with some early season soreness and had some quiet games, not to mention some questionable comments, but each and every night he seemed to get a little bit of his old self back. Derrick was averaging 32.9 minutes per game in the month of February and played more than 40 minutes in three of the last eleven games. Derrick was averaging 18.2 points per game and 5 assists.
Those stats aren't eye-popping by any means, but for a guy who missed basically two full seasons, you can say those are respectable numbers, and the minutes played shows he was just starting to feel comfortable. But now the Bulls have to prepare for another playoff push without their star, and I'm worried this situation is starting to take a mental toll on some of the other players, specifically Joakim Noah.
Like I mentioned earlier, Derrick and the Bulls say they don't know when the injury happened, but I suspect it was the other night against the Milwaukee Bucks. Rose shot 1-13 in 33 minutes of action and had no lift on his shot. Take a look at the vine below. Doesn't look right to me.
There was a huge reaction to the news as plenty of NBA stars took to their twitter to voice their concerns and prayers.
Side note: LeBron said he felt bad for D-Rose...then waited approximately 14 minutes to twist the knife even further in Bulls fans hearts with this tweet with an instagram picture attached. Really LeBron? This couldn't have waited until tomorrow? 14 minutes after "feeling bad" he boasts about surpassing one of the Bulls' all-time greats? Congrats on the milestone sir, but my god....this could have waited a couple of hours.
Ok, back to Derrick. The Chicago Bulls have not given a timetable for his return, and have not announced when he will have surgery although I'm sure the procedure will happen within the next week.
Although there is no timetable given, I'm going to assume Derrick is DONE for the remainder of the season. I'd be shocked if he was back on the court this season, no matter how far the Bulls go.
We can also start questioning Derrick's career as a basketball player. Three season-ending injuries in such a short period of time would be devastating on anybody, I don't care who you are. To be optimistic, Derrick is only 26, and will turn 27 right before the start of next season, so there is still hope, but we are nearing Brandon Roy status now. It's just so tragic and aggravating.
And now Bulls fans will have to suffer through the D-Rose internet jokes and memes for another season....
Prayers and thoughts to Derrick Rose during this tough time. I can only imagine the emotions running through his blood right now. See Red.
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