Everyone has heard by now that Derrick Rose has a torn meniscus that will require surgery, keeping him out indefinitely. The torn meniscus isn’t as serious as the ACL tear that sidelined him for the entire 2012-13 season, but it is still a major setback. Rose had been struggling quite a bit prior to the injury, averaging 15.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. It’s safe to think that he’ll struggle even more once he returns sometime later in the season.
I honestly think that it may be in Rose’s best interest to sit out the remainder of the season. He may be physically ready to return at some point, but it may take a longer for him to recover mentally. Some players just don’t heal as quickly as others. Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder also suffered a torn meniscus just last season in the playoffs. He rushed back, but he’s been playing exceptionally well thus far — something Rose failed to do after his return.
The whole situation is really tough for both Rose and the Chicago Bulls. Sitting at 6-5, this team will need their star point guard even if he isn’t fully healthy. The Bulls are good enough to make it into the postseason without him, but that’ll be as far as they go. The fans in Chicago will want to see him return, but if they want him to play at the MVP-like level he did a few years ago, then it may wise for Rose to wait it out until next season.
The worst-case scenario could be further damage to either knee if Rose does indeed return this season. He now has significant damage to both knees, and I don’t think it’ll be smart for him to chance it. I can imagine that his fear of re-injuring himself will be greater than ever.
It’s obvious that fans and players alike will want to see the former MVP get back on the court, but they don’t know what it’s like to walk in Rose’s shoes. I wouldn’t be surprised nor angry if he came out and decided to shut it down in hopes of extending his career. If he in fact does want to return, maybe he should at least wait until the playoffs to do so.
Whatever his decision may be, I just hope he can eventually return to being the All-Star caliber point guard we’re so used to seeing.