Derrick Rose was once one of the most exciting athletes in the world. He can still be fantastic at times, when healthy. The problem is he usually isn’t. He just keeps getting hurt. What happened to him now?
Even before his catastrophic knee injury in game 1 of the 2012 playoffs, Rose was starting to get hurt all the time. In the 2011-2012 regular season, Rose missed time due to sprained toe, a sore back, and an ankle injury. Of course that was just a warm up to the big injury he would suffer in the playoffs. He missed the entire next year trying to recover from the injury.
Rose made his return in the 2013-2014 season but after only a month he was hurt again. This time he tore his meniscus in his right knee (his previous knee injury was a torn ACL of the left knee). He would miss the rest of that year.
That brings us to last year. First he missed some games early with two sprained ankles. Yes, he sprained both. Then he missed time due to a strained hamstring. After that though, was a healthy stretch for Rose, only missing three of the next 44 games. Of course after that he tore his meniscus again, which we wrote about way back then. Rose was able to return for the playoffs but the Bulls lost in the second round.
After all that, I didn’t think there were any new places to get hurt. I was wrong. In today’s practice, Rose was elbowed and had his face broken. More specifically, he suffered an orbital fracture. The part of the skull around the eye got broken. Poor Derrick Rose.
If there’s something to take away from this, it is not that Rose is hurt again. He might be ready to play by the start of the season. The big news in all of this is that the Bulls practiced today. NBA training camps have officially started. The new NBA season is almost here. All the talk about the moves made in the offseason won’t matter. We’ll get to see how everything plays out on the court.