Deja Blue All Over Again For Rose


VIDEO: The GameTime crew discusses Rose’s latest injury

You couldn’t help Bulls fans for feeling like they were stuck inside an adidas TV commercial.

The World Stopped. Again.

With under four minutes left in the third quarter Friday night in Portland, Derrick Rose made a back cut, landed awkwardly on his right leg and needed assistance off the court. Again.

Suddenly another Bulls season is in freeze-frame and just like that so many of the Chicago unfaithful ready to jump ship.

Within hours, even minutes, of Rose crumbling to the floor, there were criticisms of the former MVP being “soft” and “weak” filling up online fan sites. There were those who chastised Bulls management for not having traded Rose away already and others who said it was time to blow up the entire roster and start all over again.

Please.

Can we take a deep breath and at least get the results of the MRI that will be performed On Rose’s right knee today in Los Angeles before jumping off the Willis Tower?

According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was understandably worried.

“He has pain and it felt like he couldn’t push off his right knee,” Thibodeau said. “I’m concerned. Any time anyone goes down, you’re concerned. But I don’t want to speculate until we get more information.”

While no immediate word came regarding its severity, Rose couldn’t put weight on the leg as training staff personnel escorted him to the locker room after Marquis Teague replaced him. Rose, who didn’t address reporters afterward, also used crutches to hobble in and out of the shower after the game.

“He’s disappointed he couldn’t finish the game,” Thibodeau said. “Derrick’s a hard guy to read. He doesn’t show a lot of emotion. But we’re concerned.

“Again, I don’t want to speculate on what it is and what it might be, other than my concern for him. I know how much work he has put into his rehab and the type of person and player he is. So I feel for him because of all the things that he does and what they mean to our team.”

The situation is eerily similar to when Rose was injured late in Game 1 of the 2012 playoffs, a shredded left ACL that kept him on the sidelines for 18 months and forced him to miss all of last season.

Back then there was the initial shock, followed by the diligent rehab work by the All-Star point guard and the hopeful message delivered by the emotional, rousing adidas commercial that showed Rose making a triumphant return to the United Center court and bringing an entire city back to life.

That was all before Rose chose the more cautious — and more prudent — route of sitting out the entire 2012-13 season and felt the scorn from those who challenged his courage and commitment to the team.

While still feeling his way along in his comeback, Rose had already tied his season high in the third quarter Friday night with 20 points and seven trips to the free-throw line when suddenly he went down again.

Of course, the Bulls had proved themselves capable of surviving last season without their leader, finishing 45-37. But everyone knows they are no real threat to challenge Miami and Indiana for Eastern Conference supremacy without Rose.

There may have been a glimmer of good news from the Bulls locker room late Friday night, says Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times:

“He (Rose) didn’t seem nervous,’’ teammate Taj Gibson said. “Of course he’s a competitor, he was more focused on us trying to pull that win out.

“Right now, the focus is what that MRI will say. But he’s having good hopes, his head was high. He wasn’t down, feeling sorry for himself.’’

Secondly, Rose was on crutches, but was putting a bit more pressure on the leg on his way to the locker room. When he was helped off the court at the end of the third quarter, he was putting almost no pressure on the knee and noticeably wincing.

There was the matter of a 21-point lead blown to the Trail Blazers, two straight losses to open a six-game road trip and a tepid 6-5 start to the season.

But for now, everything is back in freeze-frame as the world for Rose, the Bulls and Chicago, stops. Again.

16 Comments

  1. jake s. says:

    he hates every team besides houston

  2. sanjay says:

    this is not a big injury folks! 2 months rest he will be allright. The surgery is unnecessary! Just rest and come back with 20 to 25 games before playoffs. you will be all-right!

  3. Brent says:

    Honestly, Rose was supposed to be better than ever upon his return this season, and I didn’t see it at all. If I was a Bulls fan I would be worried.

  4. Cuz101 says:

    Shouldn’t of let Nate go!

  5. lol says:

    well unfortunately rose is a second B.Roy, i hope his injury aint serious but it seems that his fate is inevitable.

  6. No one in chicago is calling for a trade or anything like that.
    You can always find some post in a forum that talks trash. Big deal.
    Is this article about an injury or just an excus eot bash Chicago fans?

  7. Bob Barker says:

    This stinks for Rose. he worked so hard to get back, and now he may miss more time. Hopefully, it isn’t serious.

  8. ChicagoDieHard23 says:

    This is the saddest news I’ve heard as a Bulls fan since his last injury. I had a sinking feeling that when he came back something bad was going to happen, but I didn’t want to let myself believe it. Here we are though, facing another serious injury to Derrick Rose. I really hope he can get better for his own sake. He was one of the most popular players in the league for a reason. People admired his personality and looked up to him. He was a great role model as an NBA player for younger kids, and I really hope he can return to form one day. I just don’t know if it will ever be the same. Such a shame that the youngest MVP in league history will most likely be remembered for his potential, and never get a chance to really fulfill it. Such a sad day for the NBA, and a sad day for Chicago, again.

    • Rapha says:

      You’re talking like you already know the MRI results, before coming to any conclusions let’s see what the doctors say.

    • cp10 says:

      Let me tell you something.. torn ACL’s are repaired (replaced really) by removing a chunk of the patellar tendon from the person’s knee. Perhaps the replacement was from his right knee, I’m just guessing. Best of luck to you DRose.

  9. BleachBoy says:

    D Rose is DONE!!!! let’s go Lakers, Kobe for #6

  10. OKC says:

    I saw plenty of online comments of people bashing Drose, but in no way did I get the feeling this was from Bulls fans, and I didn’t see any bulls fans talking about blowing up the team or needing to have traded Drose. Don’t listen to Fran, hes a hater.

  11. Rose is a champ. He just has wait for the results and he’ll return when he’s ready. You can’t blame the guy for an injury. He’s obviously a hard worker and cares about his team. Grant Hill comes to mind cause he was a champ who had severe injuries but yet he didn’t let it stop him. Give Rose time and he’ll be better than ever.

    • LBJKIN6JAMES says:

      Lets not jump to conclusions before the results are in…
      But I will say that there have been many great players who have had their careers ruined by injuries, not every player is guaranteed a long and healthy career..

    • Game Time says:

      Hill never won a ring and is one of the sad stories about a talented player that had a injury filled career.