Derrick Rose has had terrible luck with injuries in the last couple of seasons, and it looks like the Chicago Bulls are going to be taking it easy on their star player in the upcoming 2014/15 NBA campaign.
70 Games Max
According to Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insiders, even if D.Rose can get himself back to full fitness for the course of the season, the Bulls will still make it so that he misses a good chunk of the season.
Getting Rose on the court for 70 games may be the target for the Bulls, but we should all be waiting to see if he can get through ten matches, never mind 70.
Rose is looking to bounce back from two straight disappointing seasons, in which he has only played a total of 10 games. The former MVP missed the entire 2012-13 season due to a torn ACL in his left knee and only played in 10 games last season after sustaining a torn medial meniscus in his right knee.
The 25-year old now has to show that he can get back to his best or just become another guy who will rue injuries for the rest of his career.
The former Memphis standout was also named to the 19-man USA Basketball pool, who will train for the upcoming 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.
Chicago are looking at this season with a lot of hope as the team went out and added two huge pieces to their team and cut out an expensive one in Carlos Boozer.
All of this was an attempt to finally field a championship worthy roster and the additions of Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic have gotten fans excited about this upcoming season. But while the new additions are nice, the Bulls need Derrick Rose to be able to walk five steps without screwing up his knees — which is apparently a lot easier said than done.