You rarely see a home crowd go almost completely silent, when their team is ahead in the opening game of the NBA playoffs. However, that is exactly what happened when Derrick Rose went down with a torn ACL, in the first game of last year’s playoffs, essentially taking the Bulls’ title hopes with him.
Rose is now in the final stages of his rehabilitation and has moved on to doing sprints. It is definitely a sign of great progress, as recovering from an ACL tear is a long and grueling process.
The timetable for Rose’s return was initially February, so returning to practice in a couple of weeks time would indicate that he had no major setbacks in his rehab.
After becoming the youngest player to ever win a regular season MVP, in the 2010-11 season, Rose suffered through an injury plagued 2011-12 campaign. It was a new and bothersome experience for Rose, who had been practically indestructible until that point in his career.
Rose was picked 1st overall in the 2008 draft and has since then risen to stardom in the NBA. In his MVP year he averaged 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game.
While the Bulls organization and fans might have missed Rose the most, a lot of basketball fans eagerly await the return of the athletic 24-year-old point guard. Other than showcasing his extraordinary talents on the court, Rose has become a very likable character off the floor as well. Despite being a superstar he has always stayed humble and is held in high regard for his attitude around the league.
A lot of players who have suffered from similar injuries in the past, have been forced to adjust their playing style. It will be interesting to see if Rose, who has always played with reckless abandon, will be able to adjust, as the injury has most certainly taken away at least some of his athletic ability.
With Richard Hamilton also on the injury list, Chicago Bulls, who have been the first seed in the East for the last two years, are currently 8-7 on the season.
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