The NBA‘s regular season has yet to unfold, but the Derrick Rose circus is already in full swing.
In fact, the Chicago Bulls‘ star is actually bringing his side-show all the way to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where the Bulls are playing their third preseason game against the Washington Wizards. Rose was supposed to continue his comeback from last April’s ACL injury, yet No. 1 has been plagued with another setback and didn’t play in this preseason game. Thankfully, the reports from Bulls VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson are positive in regards to Rose’s knee:
“We know there’s nothing structurally to be worried about. It’s just a little soreness.”
Even still, this isn’t the kind of new that the Bulls want to hear, no matter what Paxson has to say about the matter. ACL injuries are obviously nothing to toy around with, but you’d think that Rose would have outgrown the stage of “knee soreness” considering he hasn’t played in a meaningful game in so long. Apparently, sitting out the entire 2012 season wasn’t enough time for the NBA’s 2011 MVP to re-cooperate.
Either way, this is definitely a situation to keep an eye on as the preseason continues as Rose must be on the court for this Bulls team to even have a chance at dethroning LeBron James and the Miami Heat this year.