The youngest MVP in NBA history had an incredibly bright future. They called him the next Michael Jordan gave the Chicago Bulls hope that more NBA championships were in the franchise’s future.
So much has changed since 2011.
Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will have his third knee surgery in as numerous seasons after he experienced pain in his right knee earlier Tuesday. It didn’t take long for doctors to find a torn meniscus in exactly the same knee that’s caused so many issues for the All-Star. Rose will miss the remaining of the 2014-15 season, Chicago’s chances of earning a critical run in the playoffs are actually over and the organization’s franchise player will have to watch his career continue on a downward spiral that could have devastating repercussions.
Rose first underwent surgery after he injured his knee in Game 1 of the first round of the NBA playoffs from the Philadelphia 76ers in 2012. For reasons that fans haven’t figured out yet comprehended by Bulls fans, Rose was out of the game despite Chicago leading by 12 points with only a little over a moment to go in the contest. A negative jump and a torn ACL changed the span of the Bulls franchise to this day.
After missing the whole 2012-13 season, Rose averaged 15.9 points per game throughout the 2013-14 season. Then, he only appeared in 10 NBA Games before he tore the meniscus in his right knee from the Portland Trail Blazers on Nov. 22, 2013.
The long road to recovery resulted in Rose looking like his MVP self in 2014-15. He was averaging 18.4 points, 5.0 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 31.0 minutes per game in 46 starts before last night’s bad news. The Bulls Are 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference, there were high desires for Chicago down the stretch and in the postseason. Even although Bulls will put up a battle, they simply cannot contend with the other powerhouses without their finest player.
It is not where this season is headed that have people worried, though. Sooner or later, the discussion of where in fact the trajectory of Rose’s career is headed needs to function as the headline. It especially becomes the case given a next surgery on his knee could mean the end is near for a once promising star.