If you didn’t already hear or know, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose‘s season and playoffs are going to be cut short, and maybe his team’s, too. Rose tore his ACL Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth quarter when the Bulls had a 12-point lead with 1:10 left. Rose was driving to the basket, planted, and jumped like he had done a thousand times before.
But this time, his left knee buckled and down went Rose, in a heap, on his home floor. Rose had battled numerous injuries this season: toe, ankle, hand, etc. Whatever it was, it was injured on Rose’s body. Now Rose is lost for the rest of the postseason and Chicago’s playoff hopes are about as good as his left knee. We are in really unusual territory. Very rarely do we ever see a superstar of Rose’s caliber go down with an injury that is as significant as this. It’s something we never want to see and never want this to happen to anyone.
I don’t know why people are criticizing Tom Thibodeau for keeping Rose in the game at that point. A lot of crazy things happen late in games. With all the timeouts that teams have at the end of games, teams can stay in games a lot longer by playing the “foul-game” and calling timeouts to advance the ball.
So don’t place blame on Thibodeau because, like you, I am sure the last thing he thought would happen would be the worst: an injury to his superstar.
Does this dampen the mood in Chicago? Yes. Does this rain on the Bulls championship run? Yes.
But is it over by any means? Hell no.
- Video: Derrick Rose Knee Injury (everyjoe.com)
- Chicago’s Derrick Rose Tears ACL, out for 2012 Playoffs (bleacherreport.com)
- Bulls’ Derrick Rose out with Torn ACL: City of Chicago Mourns (bleacherreport.com)
- Derrick Rose Torn ACL, Chicago Bulls Maintain Threat (inquisitr.com)
- Derrick Rose injures Knee in Game One Victory (kobebeefnba.com)