How will Rose bounce back from this injury?
Derrick Rose Timeline
In 2008, drafted #1 overall by the Chicago Bulls
In 2009, won NBA Rookie of the Year and made NBA All-Rookie First Team
In 2010, made first NBA All-Star team
In 2011, named NBA's Most Valuable Player and made All-NBA First Team
In 2012, tore ACL in left knee during the playoffs and resulted in him missing entire 2012-2013 season
In 2013, Rose returned for the 2013-2014 season but only lasted 10 games before injuring meniscus in right knee which resulted in him being lost for the season.
In 2014, Rose returned again from injury. He played in the FIBA World Cup for the United States. He also began the season with the Bulls. He was in and out the lineup but had been on a roll as of late. He began showing glimpses of vintage Rose with impressive numbers and a string of 19 consecutive games (his most played since 2011). Unfortunately, the injury bug has hit Derrick Rose yet again. The former league MVP has reinjured the meniscus in his right knee.
While the questions looms whether or not he would be out again, this would be my advice to Rose if we could talk.
Dear Derrick Rose,
I was at work when I looked on Twitter and saw the news. I had to check multiple sources to make sure my eyes were not deceiving me. When I knew for sure the news was true, I instantly said "NOT AGAIN" and just begin to feel bad. I sat in my chair at my job in disbelief of what I just read.
When you entered the league, you instantly became one of my favorite players. I would go to ESPN at the end of every night to check your stats in the box score (still do). I would argue to all the Chris Paul fans down that this kid Derrick Rose is the best point guard in the league. Luckily, you won the MVP in year three and I had even more to back that up.
I am a Dallas Mavericks fan but I always seemed to root for you and the Bulls out in the East. I guess a small part of that had to do with me not wanting LeBron to win a ring at the time but mainly it was cause of your dynamic play. There had been athletic point guards but none to play the game like you. You set that athletic style of point guard trend which is seen on many teams today.
The last few years have been rough for you I know. Well I honest I do not know but I could only imagine. You were headed toward the prime of your career; you had just won a league MVP trophy and was looking to take the next step and become a NBA champion. Sadly, that plan has been delayed multiple times.
What I can say I do know is, is that God does not make mistakes. He also never gives us more than we can handle. I know you are probably tired of the setbacks and this happening but continue to trust in God and he will bring you to the light in the darkest of areas. This cloud of injuries has been over you the past few years but if you keep the faith the Lord will allow the sun to come out.
Philippians 4:6 "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
I believe God has a bigger plan for you man so I do not want you to give up on your dream. People are now comparing you to Penny Hardaway and Grant Hill but that does not have to be your fate. Some are also saying wearing the number one is a curse but ignore that foolery.
In your first interview with the media after tearing your meniscus for the first time, you said " I could get hurt 10 more times; I'm never going to stop". I hope that you keep this mindset through this recent setback. You journey to get healthy has been an inspiration to many; you are a fighter.
As a fan of yours, I watched your rise to top of the league. While at the top, I have seen you knocked down by injuries. The first time you came back strong but you were knocked down again. The second time you arose from the injury even stronger. You played in a plethora games and showed glimpses of the former MVP. Now, for the third time in your career, you have been knocked down AGAIN. AGAIN! What should you do? Honestly you need to go overseas to Kobe's doctor but man I suggest you do what you been doing; come back even STRONGER than the last time.
You said "I'm going to be better than before I was hurt" and I hope you continue to strive to do so. Best of luck man and may God be with you.
Sincerely, A Fan
P.S: When you get healthy and return to the court, you gotta attack the basket! Can't be shooting all those 3s my boy!