Bulls Star Derrick Rose Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery: Local Fan’s Take
The sight of watching Derrick Rose injure his knee in Game of 1 of the playoffs, is an image that I will remember for a long time. Even though the Chicago Bulls fought valiantly against the Philadelphia 76ers for the entire series, it just wasn’t the same team without Rose leading the offense. While it was not easy watching our championship aspirations go up in flames, the first step of the healing process has already begun. As reported by his brother Reggie, Rose underwent successful surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee. Needless to say, this is good news, but as a fan, I do have a few concerns.
Rose is one of the most fearless players in the league today. He drives the ball to the hole with almost reckless abandon, while twisting and contorting his body in ways that defy the laws of nature. However, what kind of player will he be when he returns from this injury? I know from personal experience that coming back from an injury can often make you cautious and cause you to think twice about doing what once came to you naturally. If this is the case, Rose will be a different player next year compared to explosive player we saw during his first three seasons.
Another concern I have with Rose’s recovery is whether or not he will be forced to change the way he plays. Being that his quickness and explosiveness sets him apart from the other players at his position, what happens if he is not able to perform at the same level as before? The answer to that question is a lot of point guards suddenly join Rose in a class he was once in by himself. In addition to that, I would have to think the chances of the Bulls winning a title would dwindle somewhat because so much of their success depends on his ability to create scoring opportunities off the dribble for himself and his teammates.
As a mere fan, I realize the above concerns may be a moot point and Rose may come back stronger than ever. However, according to ESPN’s Mike Wilbon, Rose had played in 97 percent of his games dating back to high-school so having to deal with an injury of this magnitude is new to the Bulls’ young star. Hopefully, Rose will completely recover and live a healthy life not only on the court, but off the court as well.
James Tillman III is a resident of the Chicago-land area, who has been a Bulls’ fan since the 1987-1988 season. James is also a Featured Fan Sports Contributor for Yahoo and a Sports Journalist for Sports Rantz Magazine. For discussions about the NBA and NFL, Follow him on Twitter @jtillman9693 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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