Considering Derrick Rose's well-documented history with injuries, the mere sight of the former NBA MVP flinching during a game is usually followed by a sharp intake of breath from Chicago Bulls fans.
So when Rose limped out of the Bulls' game against the Indiana Pacers last night with an ankle injury, fans of the Windy City franchise were just about ready to hit the panic button.
In a turn up for the books, however, a Derrick Rose injury might not be as severe as first thought. That's after the player himself moved to quash speculation of any serious repercussions in his post-game comments.
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Having limped into the locker room following Chicago's 96-95 win over the Pacers, Rose acknowledged he was in pain, but refuted the idea his latest issue was anything too concerning:
"(It feels) like an ankle sprain..It’s throbbing a little bit, but that’s not out of the norm," said Rose with a laugh, via CSN Chicago.
"What I went through, all I’ve been through, just me playing and doing all I have to do, of course my ankle is a bit sore. I’m just happy nothing is broken, nothing is torn."
"Right now I just need to get treatment, put some ice on it for a little bit. After this, just get off my feet and put more ice on it.”
After recovering from offseason surgery on his eye socket in time for the Bulls' 2015-16 season opener, Rose has started every one of Chicago's 10 games so far.
That run could now be in doubt after last night's setback but, with the Bulls set to begin a three-game road trip on Thursday, the star refused to rule himself out of featuring over the next week.
Fortunately for Chicago, they sit second in the Eastern Conference with a 7-3 record at present. Meaning, if they want to err on the side of caution with Rose this week, they have some room to work with.
Bulls fans: Would you risk Rose for the 3-game road trip? Have your say in the comments below...