With the first overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select Derrick Rose…
Derrick Rose, the 2009 Rookie of the Year and 2011 MVP, is facing yet another knee injury. With just six years in the NBA, Rose is already looking retirement in the face… and its not by choice.
During his first three years in the league, he had no injury problems and was flying high on his way up to superstardom. In 2011, he peaked and won the MVP award—in fact, he was the youngest NBA player ever to win the coveted award. But then the downfall began.
During the 2012 playoffs, the Chicago Bulls faced the Philadelphia 76ers. When the Bulls had a healthy lead, Rose was put in the game only to suffer a gruesome injury, a torn ACL. He ended up missing the entire next season.
In the 2013-14 season, Rose returned to the court, looking just as explosive as before with an improved jumper. However, he was unable to demonstrate his improved skills because he tore his meniscus in his right knee during a game against the Portland Trailblazers.
This season, Rose returned to the court yet again, looking pretty good for a guy coming off surgery 46 games into the season. He had been averaging 18 points and five assists a game. However, late Tuesday night, reports confirmed that Rose would miss the remainder of the season due to the torn right meniscus, the same injury he had just recovered from.
The question now is, what’s next?
The Chicago Bulls already used their amnesty clause of forward Carlos Boozer. Since the NBA cap system is very flawed, Rose is guaranteed about $57 million over the next three years unless the Bulls can somehow convince him to retire. This is unfortunate for Derrick Rose, who appears to be following the same paths as that of Penny Hardaway, Brandon Roy, and Andrew Bynum. Rose is a very talented player, but his knees are shot and it seems to be over for him. However, guys like him who base their game mostly on athleticism and who aren’t jump shooters often suffer with injury, as Rose is right now.
Fortunately, Rose seems to be in good spirits, but I think this is the last blow he can take. Hopefully, he’ll be able to find something other than basketball to do in his life. He is very likeable and seems genuine and deserves the best.
I hope I’m wrong, and that somehow Rose can get back on the court. But I just don’t see it.
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