9. Derrick Rose Hampered By Injuries Throughout Season
RIght off the bat we started to see something different, something strange. It wasn’t a big deal, it was a thought floating in the back of our heads for a while until the Bulls traveled to Minnesota for an early season matchup with the Timberwolves.
It was in the Target Center that we got the first glimpse of something that would define the Bulls 2012 season.
Before halftime, Derrick Rose was driving the ball up court when he hit the hardwood. He limped off the court and went right to the locker room to get evaluated. It turned out that he had done something to his big toe, either sprained it or jammed it — either way something had happened to the Bulls superstar, their field general, that had to take him out of the game.
He returned and lead the Bulls back to a win, but he would go on to miss a number of games because of that toe, and injury that was ultimately called a bad case of turf toe. But it snowballed from there, as Rose would hobble off the court again against the Bucks with a severe back spasm. We didn’t know what was ultimately in store, but seeing Rose crumble and succumb to injuries so easily showed us all too soon that he was mortal.