I know this might sound weird, but it seems like everyone is thankful and relieved that it wasn’t another ACL injury for Derrick Rose. Now trust and believe this is not some celebration party, just because it’s not as bas as some of us thought. Rose having any kind of injury whether severe or not, is a huge blow for Bulls and the state of the NBA. On Saturday the news broke that Rose tore his right meniscus and will require surgery. Among all frazzled with this injury news, via the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau shared his thoughts on his former MVP point guard:
I know how much work he has put into his rehab and the type of person and player he is,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “So I feel for him because of all the things that he does and what they mean to our team.
Moving forward Rose’s injury not only affects him as a player, but also his fellow Bulls’ teammates and their future championship goals:
It’s a huge loss,” guard Kirk Hinrich said. “Everything we do is built around him. Losing one of the best players in the league obviously changes the landscape of things. I just feel bad for him personally.
Luol Deng offered some confidence with the Bulls moving forward despite loosing Rose, who is an important piece to their puzzle:
Guys have just got to pick it up,” Luol Deng said. “Obviously, it’ll be a setback not having him. But we’ve been there before. We’ve just got to play together.
On the positive side (yeah there is one) The Bulls team have gone through this before. Last season Rose didn’t play at all, it’s unlikely that will be the case this time. They ended up being a top 5 seed in the Eastern Conference (thank goodness their not in the West) last season and should have the same result this time around. As a matter of fact, although it is unfortunate, this could have been a strategic move on the Chess board for the Bulls.
1. During this time, Chicago should look to acquire another solid scorer or back-up PG for Rose and develop their younger players.
2. Let’s say Rose makes his return before the playoffs start, with good rehabbing and solid practices he could bring some shock value to the rest of the NBA and in the Eastern Conference. Helping the Bulls make a solid and unexpected run throughout the playoffs.
Call me crazy with theses two ideas but I think this could possible happen. Right now things are obviously not going in the Bulls’ favor, but that can change months from now, deeper into the season.
Right now it seems like waiting until after Rose has his surgery, is the best route to go before knowing how long he could be out of action.