By: Jazmine August
You have a torn right meniscus. Possibly the worst words Rose or the Bulls could have heard; two months before the NBA playoffs are to commence. This is the third injury in the last three seasons for 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose. Rose missed the entire 2012-2013 season, played only 10 games in the 2013-2014 season and now this season the timeline for his return is yet to be determined. So what does this mean for Rose’s career and the rest of the Bulls season?
The Chicago Bulls are clinging on to the third spot in the Eastern Conference; one game behind Toronto and just half of a game ahead of the emerging Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s safe to say the Bulls are still a solid team without Rose on the floor. Pau Gasol is having an All Star caliber season averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds and the young stud Jimmy Butler has nearly doubled his average points per game from last year with 20 points a game this season and a solid 6 rebounds per game. The Bulls can still make noise in the Eastern conference, maybe even reach the ECF but with the health of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson uncertain it’s safe to say the hopes of bringing a title back to the windy city are pretty slim to none.
As far as Derrick Rose’s career, these series of events are eerily similar to the careers of the likes of Tracy McGrady, Penny Hardaway and Grant Hill. Derrick Rose is undeniably one of the most dynamic, electrifying players when healthy but we may have seen the last of that. Not only does Rose have to regain physical ability after this surgery but I can only imagine what it would take for him to mentally trust his knees again.There is always a flipside; Rose returns just in time for 2015 playoffs and gives an exhilarating 7 game Eastern Conference Finals vs The Cavs. I know it’s unlikely but I’m hopeful.