Chicago Bulls fans have been to hell and back this season thanks to the injury scares for star baller Derrick Rose.
Rose has suffered three major knee injuries in the past four seasons, the third of which had the potential to wreck yet another season for the Bulls.
As we know now, Rose was only forced out of action for a couple of months following surgery on his torn meniscus.
But just because he is now back does not mean that the talented 26-year-old is back to his best. In fact, far from it, and Bulls fans were made to worry again on Wednesday night when Rose sat out the second half the Bulls' 91-85 win over Atlanta Hawks.
Furthermore, it was reported by ESPN that Rose sat out the second half due to soreness in his left knee, news that will worry Bulls fans even more.
Nothing to worry about
However, there was light at the end of the tunnel after Rose spoke to Chicago Tribune reporter K.C. Johnson last night to play down the injury.
Even the most casual basketball fan knows a great deal about the trials and tribulations that Rose has had to endure during the last few years.
Despite being named as the 2008-09 Rookie of the Year and the 2010-11 NBA MVP, Rose has almost become damaged goods.
However, these comments from Rose are certainly good to hear for Bulls fans, and general fans of the NBA.
It would be great to finally see Rose lead the Bulls deep in the playoffs, and although he will always be limited for the rest of the season, there is still a real sense that he could do something spectacular deep in the post-season.
However, the reality is that it may be as equally likely that he breaks down again during the playoffs.
What do you think of the Bulls chances during the playoffs? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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