City Sports Report

The Current State of Derrick Rose by Brandon Nix

Derrick Rose worked through his jitters with Team USA

It’s been wonderful to see Derrick Rose back in action. As a fan of his, I looked forward to the World Cup of Basketball games this year to watch his progress in coming back from a second knee injury he suffered early last season. Seems like a long time ago I’ve got to see Rose play on a consistent basis. Watching him during the USA scrimmage game in July brought back memories of his 2010-2011 MVP season. Flying to the hoop at top speed, making those sharp cuts and throwing his body against defenders, scoring at will is the Derrick Rose I know. It hurt me to watch him go down in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, that year the Bulls had the first seed in the Eastern Conference for the second-straight year. The Bulls looked ready for another title run and I was so excited to see them play the Miami Heat in a rematch from the previous year’s playoffs.

Then the unthinkable happened. In the first playoff game that year, Rose tore his ACL and was out for the rest of the playoffs. I was really disappointed. I really thought the Bulls had a legit chance to make the NBA Finals and win it all. To find out that Rose might miss the entire 2012-2013 season was even more heartbreaking. I wondered would he even be the same player again after such a devastating injury. Missing a year is difficult but trying to play like an MVP again is even more so. Going into 2012-2013 season was hard for me. Going from a team having championship expectations to a team where they might not make the playoffs was tough, but I stuck with them. The Bulls made me proud winning 45 games and making the semifinals in the playoffs, but still I missed Derrick Rose.

The Beginning of last season was exciting. The return of Derrick Rose got me amped for the 2013-2014 season. I didn’t know where this team would end up in the playoffs but having Derrick Rose back was huge. Rose started off the season sluggish, which I expected due to the fact he hadn’t played in a year. When it seemed like he was getting back to MVP form, he injured his other knee and was gone for the rest of the season. That feeling of disappointment came back again and this time I wondered would he just be injury prone for the rest of his career. Would he end up like Penny Hardaway or Grant Hill and never live up to his true potential? All these questions had me fearing the worst for Derrick Rose. At the same time I’m a little optimistic that Rose can have a successful career if he manages his playing time correctly and refines his game a little bit.

I’m glad he decided to take part in this year’s FIBA games. That way he was able to shake off the rust and step into the 2014-2015 season ready to go. It’s been such a pleasure to watch him play that aggressive style and be the star player that he is. I hope this year can lead to a title run. It’s going to be tough in the eastern conference this year being that the east has improved. Even if the Bulls don’t make it to the finals I’ll be happy if Derrick Rose can play a full season.

Derrick Rose worked through his jitters with Team USA

Derrick Rose worked through his jitters with Team USA

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