6. Will D-Rose Get Over His Issues?
Every Chicago Bulls fan remembers exactly where they were when Derrick Rose crumpled to the floor with a torn ACL during Game 1 of their opening round series against the 76ers last year. It was heartbreaking, and this year they had to make do without the 2010-11 NBA MVP.
Here’s the crazy thing, though: Derrick Rose was medically cleared to play back in March. His knee is fully healed and there nothing physically wrong. He’s been practicing, and practicing, and practicing. However, the guy just is not comfortable playing at full speed yet. It’s all mental, and it’s hurting his reputation and his team.
Now, I’m not criticizing Derrick. If he has anxiety about his injured knee, that sucks, and I feel for him. But he is going to have to get over his issues and start playing NBA basketball again at some point. The team and its coach have ruled absolutely nothing out. Rose might come back for Game 1, or he might not come back at all this year.
The Brooklyn Nets, Chicago’s first round playoff opponents? They’re hoping it’s not this week. If it is, that could be an Eastern Conference game-changer.