Friday night Derrick Rose went down again. Friday night it didn’t matter that the Chicago Bulls threw away a comfortable lead in the third quarter. All that mattered was Rose.
Late in the second half, Rose was making a back cut, trying to get hold of Joakim Noah’s bounce pass. In the progress, Rose planted his right leg awkwardly and it looked like there was some give. The former MVP went straight to the bench and eventually to the locker room, leaving fans around the league fearing the worst. You can see the injury here.
Rose is scheduled for an MRI on Saturday, which should provide a definite answer on how severe of a knee injury we’re talking about here. But early reports are not encouraging. Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau had the following to say:
“He has pain and he felt like he couldn’t push off his right knee,” Thibodeau said.
“I’m concerned. Any time anyone goes down, you’re concerned,” he said. “But I don’t want to speculate until we get more information for you guys. We’ll have more [Saturday] for you guys.”
And then there was this:
Good source tells me #Bulls fear it's a torn right ACL for Derrick Rose. If so, unlikely he will ever be the same.
— Jordan Bernfield (@JordanBernfield) November 23, 2013
Whether or not Rose tore his ACL is uncertain as of yet, but it was a non-contact injury, which makes it a whole lot more worrying. Let’s all hope for good news.