Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings ruined it for everyone. Due to his remarkable and astonishing comeback from an ACL tear in under a year, every other athlete with a similar injury, no matter the sport, are compared to him. The long and short of the matter is that Peterson is a freak of nature and a medical miracle; therefore, any comparisons to AP’s swift return to the field are unjust.
Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls happens to be one of many pro athletes who suffered a devastating ACL tear that robbed the young point guard of a full season of play. Now, regardless as to if Rose should have played at any point during the 2012-13 NBA season, after being cleared by doctors, is irrelevant with the Bulls having been eliminated from the playoffs in the second-round. Now with the offseason in full swing for the Bulls, what must Rose do during the summer in order to return to his All-Star form in time for the 2013-14 season?
For starters, Rose must fully regain confidence in his surgically repaired ACL. Rose is an explosive point guard, and with the ball in his hands, there aren’t too many players around the association with the necessary foot speed to keep up with the one-time league MVP one-on-one. However, in order for Rose to attack the paint, it’s more of a mental hurdle that he must overcome. Rose has to believe that he has regained the explosion in his knee in order to take the court and play with the same borderline reckless abandonment that he played with upon entering the association.
Secondly, Rose has to develop a better more consistent jump shot. In Rose’s last full season of play, during 2011-12, the Bulls’ franchise player shot 43 percent from the floor and 31 percent from behind the three-point arch. If Rose wants to remain a dangerous presence on the court and keep opposing team defenses from packing into the paint, Rose has to have a reliable jumper.
Another aspect of Rose’s game that he needs to work on over the summer is a post game. At 6’3”, Rose isn’t the biggest player normally on the court, and it’s rare that the player guarding him will give up much height; however, Rose is noticeably bigger, having spent a great deal of time in the weight room bulking up while rehabbing his knee. Going up against some of the better point guards around the association, a post game for Rose would give individual defenders fits, as well as force opposing coaches to spend valuable practice time game planning against Rose on the block.
Lastly, for Rose to improve upon his 2011-12 season, the Bulls’ franchise player must become a better student of the game. This particular aspect of his game will develop over time. However, if Rose Takes as much time improving his game on the court than he must do the same in the film room. By studying how others play him defensively, Rose will start to sharpen his instances on the floor and be able to dissect opponent’s tendencies as well as late game situations.
All and all, there are quite a few unknowns in regards to just what type of player Rose will be opening night of the NBA 2013-14 regular season. Nevertheless, if Rose does even half of the things mentioned here, the Eastern Conference, from top to bottom, will be left quaking with fear at the presence of D. Rose and the Chicago Bulls.