Derrick Rose Returns to Chicago with Team USA, Gets Huge Ovation, Doesn’t Break (Videos)
Chicago basketball fans experienced some mixed emotions yesterday as Team USA took on Brazil in an exhibition game at the United Center.
On the one hand, they were very obviously ecstatic to finally see 2010-11 NBA MVP Derrick Rose take the floor again. After playing just 39 games in 2011-12, Rose tore his right ACL and played zero in 2012-13, then came back and played 10 games in 2013-14 before tearing his right meniscus and missing the rest of the season again.
On the other hand, given D-Rose’s recent history, they were also absolutely terrified that one of his legs would just fall right off.
Fortunately, things went well for everyone. Rose was given the honor of being the last member of Team USA introduced to the United Center crowd, and the fans gave him a thunderous ovation:
Then he played 24 minutes without popping a single ligament. And though fellow Chicago-native Anthony Davis carried the bulk of the offensive load for the Americans, Rose looked pretty damn good at times:
Of course, everyone got excited about Rose’s return last year, too, and things didn’t turn out so well. Let’s hope the story plays out differently this year. When healthy, Rose is one of the most entertaining players in the NBA, and it sure would be nice to see him go head-to-head against that new Cavaliers player this season.