It's a shame how injuries can affect the trajectory of an athlete's career.
Derrick Rose is a prime example. The former Chicago Bulls man was the youngest MVP in history when he secured the award as a 22-year-old in 2011.
It looked like Rose could be the man to finally bring a title to Chicago for the first time since Michael Jordan, but after tearing his ACL in 2012, the dynamic point guard has never been the same.
This past summer, four years of the way through a then max-$94 million contract, Rose was traded to the New York Knicks in the hope he could rejuvenate his career and the Big Apple franchise's fortunes.
However, Rose isn't trying to recapture his old form. He knows that version of Derrick Rose is long gone.
“That vintage is gone, man,” Rose said late Tuesday night. “I told you the question should be: Can I hoop? It shouldn’t be like, 'He’s playing like his old self. Like, if I can hoop, I can hoop. No matter if I did that when I was younger or now, I can play the game of basketball.”
Rose is still an effective player to have at the one spot and he put up 18 points in the Knicks' win over the Trail Blazers last night. He just realises that reaching his MVP level may be a stretch too far.