Derrick Rose Is Officially Out for the Season
Unfortunately, the headlines ring true.
Derrick Rose is officially done for the 2013-2014 NBA campaign.
This news is not only devastating to the Chicago Bulls' fanbase, but NBA fans worldwide. After successfully recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee and fielding questions why he didn't return sooner from his procedure in the process, Rose tore the medial meniscus in his right knee in a game at Portland last Friday night.
The good news is that a torn meniscus isn't as gut-wrenching as it sounds. Rose underwent surgery to repair it at the University Medical Center by the same surgeon who repaired his torn ACL.
The Bulls guard was given two options:
- Remove a portion of the torn meniscus or even the entire meniscus itself and be back on the hardwood within several weeks, or
- Reattach the meniscus and miss 4-6 months.
Rose chose to opt for the latter, given that several sources -- Dwyane Wade included, who had undergone the procedure -- mentioned that although the the first accelerates recovery time, the knee ultimately ends up with more pain and discomfort down the road.
Even though Rose's body isn't cooperating with him, he's taking the proper precautions to prolong his basketball career. With his mental fortitude and work ethic, there's no doubt he'll return, as strong as ever. Although Rose was still rusty at the beginning of this season, his explosiveness and confidence were still intact.
Hopefully, those two facets of his game don't fade; the likelihood is they won't. Even through all the criticism, no one knows his body better than Rose, who in my opinion, is taking the necessary steps to ensure a healthier basketball career.
Fans, especially those fans who lack compassion -- or took the over in Chicago's season win total posted by Bovada and other sportsbook; say goodbye to that ticket -- might feel as though they are robbed from not being able to witness the electricity that Derrick Rose brings to the basketball court on a daily basis. However, few can deny his decision to go long-term recovery to enhance the possibility of a more productive long-term career and life after hoops is the mature choice.
So, it's back to rehab for Rose, and back to the drawing board for the Bulls' 2013-2014 season.