Chicago Bulls superstar guard Derrick Rose suffered another devastating knee injury in his team’s 98-95 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers this past Friday night. Fans across the sporting world held their collective breaths as Rose limped off of the court. Results of an MRI showed that Rose suffered a medial meniscus tear to the opposite knee (the news isn’t as bad, thank goodness) that sustained the ACL injury.
Many observers and experts are saying that “D-Rose” (as his fans affectionately call him) probably won’t return until next season, which would be devastating and frustrating for not only the Bulls organization, but especially Rose, who underwent a very intense and extensive rehabilitation process to recover from his April 2012 ACL injury.
As a basketball enthusiast, it bothers me to see such a devastating injury choose not only an excellent player, but an excellent human being, a young man whose humility is deemed atypical of today’s often egotistical multimillionaire athlete. D-Rose in my opinion, like his NBA contemporaries Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, and Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers represent an up-and-coming class of superstar athletes who stay grounded, and enjoy connecting to their fans in the process.
Derrick Rose brought life back to a Chicago Bulls franchise that hasn’t been familiar with winning since the Jordan years of the ’90s. Ironically, in 2011, Rose was the first Bulls player to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award SINCE Jordan did it in 1998. In the midst of a Chicago that has been under much public scrutiny and turmoil in recent years that I’ll choose not to elaborate on at this time, its native son represents that person who is able to use his gifts as a basketball player to entertain and inspire many people who are hurting, and just want to tune in for a couple hours and watch one of the most explosive and talented players that the NBA has ever seen. While I am fully aware that the area of sports and entertainment aren’t careers that the youth should bank their futures on, I do believe that young people can look at D-Rose’s vision to make his dreams as a pro basketball player come true. They can look at his undying work ethic to improve his status to that of an MVP-winning player. They can also take note of his resiliency to successfully fight through his ACL injury, as well as current meniscus injury.Derrick Rose’s young fans can observe all of these intangible traits that Mr. Rose possesses, and apply them to their own lives. They’ll be surprised and pleased by the results that they garner.
I would like to wish Derrick Rose a speedy, yet full recovery. The NBA is in the midst of an era of awesome young talent. The same energy and life that you contribute to your team, is the same contribution that we as your fans anticipate you dedicating to returning to the basketball court as soon as possible.
The NBA can only stand to benefit from your once-in-a-generation talent.
I originally wrote this blog in November of 2013. Nearly a year later, Derrick Rose is THRIVING as a key player for Team USA Men’s Basketball team as he and his teammates seek to secure a gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Championship. As NBA teams open their training camps at the end of this month, I’m even more excited to be able to witness a healthy D-Rose prepare for the 2014-15 NBA season with his Chicago Bulls. With the league’s Central Division becoming slightly tougher because of Bulls division rival Cleveland signing some free-agent “James” guy from Miami, Rose’s return couldn’t have come at a better time.
(Revised on September 8, 2014)