By Trevor Manson (Senior)
Derrick Rose’s return into action was spoiled by a grueling second round exit at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers last Thursday, again crushing the hopes and dreams of the Chicago Bulls winning this elusive championship the fans want so eagerly.
This was Rose’s third return from three numerous knee injuries in a span of four years dating from (2012-2015). During this stint Rose missed a total of one-hundred and two games; the team hasn’t had much success without their star point guard and many fans have started to write Rose off.
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High School sophomore forward Marlon Thurman said, “His injuries affected him in a positive way, it made him a smarter player mentally and physically,” staying optimistic through the whole thing.
Not only Rose but players around the league have been plagued with injuries. Mather High School head coach Anthony Colston said, “Athletes are working their bodies too hard. It’s like a rubber band you keep stretching it eventually it’s going to pop,” showing Rose’s injuries aren’t a thing of bad luck but many things incorporated in it.
Despite the setbacks from the knee injuries, Rose recovered and rehabbed well. Not too many players bounce back from a torn ACL and two meniscus tears. He didn’t upset in his first games since his third return carrying his team to the second round of the playoffs after breezing by the Milwaukee Bucks. He also hit a game winning three-point shot giving his team a 2-1 series lead over the Cavaliers. But many fans think he didn’t show up in game 6 of the series in which the Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs.
Bulls fan should be grateful because the future is looking promising for Rose and the Bulls. This was just a taste of what still the young point guard (26yrs old) has to bring to the table. At times during the series Rose flipped the MVP mentality switch on fans were use to seeing during his 2011 season where he won the award.
However, LeBron James remains as a road block for Rose and his team attaining post-season success. Back in 2011 Rose’s MVP season came up short due to a lost in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat previously lead by James. Rose and the Bulls have yet to figure out a plan to take down the future hall of famer.