D-Rose goes down again
By Peter Santo
As the Bulls fight on as a top tier team in the East, brutal news came out of Chicago late Tuesday night. An MRI revealed that star PG Derrick Rose has a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. This is the second time in as many years Rose has torn the meniscus in his right knee.
While he appears on the cusp of NBA superstardom, Rose has struggled over the past few years with his bad knees. In 2011, in the 1st game of a playoff series against the 76ers, Rose went down with a torn ACL in his left knee. It was a big blow to the championship contending Bulls.
Rose missed the entire 2012-2013 NBA season recovering from the injury. Rose’s much anticipated return finally occurred in October of the following season.
Just one month after his return, on November 22nd, an MRI showed a torn meniscus in Rose’s right knee. At the time, Rose was averaging 15.9 points and 4.3 assists per game. Rose missed the rest of the season.
After 46 games, his most games played since the 2010-2011 NBA season, an MRI showed a medial meniscus tear in his right knee, the same injury Rose endured just over a year prior.
This news was devastating for the Bulls, as they are revitalized with the off season signing of Pau Gasol and with up and coming star Jimmy Butler beginning to fulfill his potential.
Many around the NBA showed sympathy for D-Rose via social media, as fellow floor general John Wall tweeted and wished Rose a speedy recovery after hearing the news, along with other NBA players such as Hassan Whiteside and DeAndre Jordan.
Fans of the NBA, whether they are Bulls fans or not, have to feel bad for the former league MVP, as he just can’t seem to stay healthy enough to realize his true potential. Rose has begun to draw comparisons to Brandon Roy, whose career was cut short after he endured a plethora of knee injuries forcing him into early retirement.
The Bulls hope to still compete for a championship against top flight teams in the East such as the Hawks and Cavaliers, but it’s hard to see that happening without D-Rose on the court. For now, get well D-Rose.
Mitch Canzano also contributed to this report