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Why Derrick Rose could be the NBA’s Cinderella Man


After all the adversity that Derrick Rose has faced throughout his NBA career with various injuries, recently being a torn meniscus in his right knee. It forces you to think, can he really come back from this one? Will we ever get to see him, play in the same form he was in his MVP season, or even better? Can the Chicago Bulls still build a team around him? Though all the odds seem to be stacked against Rose right now, and all the naysayers want to shut him down and put him on the shelf for good. We could be the witnesses of the beginning to Rose’s journey as a Cinderella Man.

During the Great Depression, James J. Braddock–a.k.a. the Cinderella Man–was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom.

Suddenly thrust into the national spotlight, he would defy the odds against him and stun the world with one of the greatest comebacks in history. Driven by love for his family, he willed an impossible dream to come true.

(via The Urban Dictionary)

Why does this story sound so familiar to the position that Rose is in? hmmm…

I recently spoke to John Cruz who is an intern at 95.7 The Game FM “The Bay Area’s New Sound For Sports” and he had some interesting thoughts on Derrick Rose and his recent meniscus tear, the recovery and possible return:

Yeah Because his injury is not as severe this time. Plus, it gives the ACL on his other knee more time.

I remember when Tim Hardaway had the same ACL injury. And he came back and was effective. D.Rose is much better than Hardaway was in his prime. So if Hardaway can come back fine, I’m sure D.Rose will.

That’s a great point! Since Rose will have more time off because he chose to repair his torn meniscus, this will give his left ACL even more time to rest.

When I asked if he thought that Rose may come back this season, he stated:

Let’s say the Bulls pull the trigger on a trade and get the piece(s) they need. And they’re in a position where they have a legitimate chance of getting far, then I think he (Rose) comes back this season.

I’ve noticed newscasters ( ESPN, TNT, NBATV) been saying “he is expected to miss the rest of the regular season”. Nobody has said anything about the “entire season” (playoffs included).

We all don’t know for sure if this Cinderella man story will have a happy ending, but we must not completely rule Rose out of any great Heroic comeback. Don’t underestimate the drive and determination that lies within. If you don’t believe that Rose may have the ability to come back stronger, just watch!

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  • Jim Woodwind

    Finally some positivism. Thank you honey.

  • Candice Connell

    Your Welcome!!!! Thanks for the support! Gotta stay positive through this. We never know what can happen this time around for Derrick Rose! He just may shock us!