Derrick Rose had surgery to repair his torn meniscus and he’s out for the season. Chicago Bulls and NBA fans alike have known since the Derrick Rose MRI results were released that now the Bulls have potential for tanking. Possibly tanking to get one of the star freshman in college basketball.
Bulls GM Gar Forman has of course shot down the very notion of that. But of course, what league GM would actually publicly own up to that if it actually were going on?
Now Derrick Rose is worried that GarPax and company are going to enter the rebuilding mode, and he’s not interested in that.
According to Mitch Lawrence of the NY Daily News:
Rose has told several confidantes that he is worried that the Bulls will start to let the team hit the skids by allowing key players to leave via free agency, forcing him to go through a rebuilding program that he wants no part of.
“Derrick is worried that the Bulls are going to lose what they have,” said a league source. “He doesn’t want to go through rebuilding.
Derrick Rose injured the ACL on his right leg in the 2012 playoff series versus Philadelphia, and was medically cleared to play in March of 2013. Yet for some reason Derrick Rose waited until October of 2013 to actually return to action.
It also sounds like Derrick Rose may never be the same player he once was anyway. Typically, these injuries take many months for recovery; at minimum. However, I think he learned from the previous injury that it’s probably in his best interests to return to action once the doctor’s say he is indeed ready. Not waiting many months afterward.
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