When he fell, the whole city of Chicago held its breath, hoping and praying he'd get back up or at least not be too hurt. Those prayers went unanswered.
Derrick Rose was injured on April 28, 2012 and missed the 2013 season and playoffs, to many Chicago fans dismay.
They were impatient and who can blame them? If there is one player on the planet who rivals Lebron James right now, it is none other than the 24-year-old Chicago Bulls star.
He is the league's youngest MVP, won Rookie of the Year, and led the Bulls to two straight number one seeds prior to his injury.
He's back and possibly better than ever. A torn anterior Cruciate Ligament is a lot to return from full strength but if anyone can do it, Derrick Rose, with his work ethic and dedication can.
Problems with these types of injuries include loss of quickness and explosiveness. However, Rose took his time coming back so that he'd be 100% of what he was. It wasn't a move of defiance to a team he hated; he loves the Bulls and Chicago but just wanted to return the best he could.
Expect Rose to return to his usual quickness and explosiveness, after months of rehabbing his torn ACL. Tom Thibodeau, working out with Rose earlier this summer, said his speed and explosiveness had returned.
Rose said he had to be "selfish" with his return, taking his time to get to 100%. After a long break, he probably has. He was already one of the best jumpers and fastest runners in the game, and expect him to remain as such.
However, injuries provide opportunities for the hurt player, as paradoxical as it seems. With a torn ACL, Rose started working on core and upper body strength.
Core strength improves balance, a key part in finishing contact layups and playing strong, fundamental defence. With improved upper body strength, expect a new aspect to Rose's game: the post.
It is a lethal weapon for players like Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James. If Rose could use it against smaller point guards it would be a valuable weapon for scoring and force defences to double team him. Strength could help Rose expand his repertoire.
Lastly, Rose could use a little bit of work on his jump-shot. Although, a quick pull up from midrange to in close is just about a guaranteed bucket for Rose, his distance shooting (both spot up and pull up) could use improvement.
Rose's three point percentage from his rookie season to most recently has improved from 22% to just over 30%. But this is by no means a good number or one of his stats.
It allows defences to play the drive, go under screens, and not bite on pumpfakes. A consistent jump-shot would draw him more fouls off of pumpfakes (see Dwyane Wade), beat defenders off the dribble, and just give him another threat. Rose will never be a lethal shooter, but if he can make it a weapon, he'll be another step closer to greatness.
Expect a great season from Rose. He might not be in MVP form but he could easily make an All-NBA First Team. An MVP wouldn't even be surprising because of all the hype. When Rose comes back, watch out league, because it might be the Running of the Bulls.
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