For any former All-Star, coming off of two major knee injuries in two seasons is usually impossible to come back from. But if any player can return from a series of devastating injuries, Derrick Rose can.
When Rose tore his left ACL in the 2012 playoffs, many Chicago Bulls fans waited patiently for his return. However, when he did return in the 2013-14 season, he only played ten games before being out with a right torn meniscus. There are many questions about what type of player Rose will be when he returns for a second time.
As an explosive player out of the University of Memphis, Rose relied mostly on his speed and quickness to get around defenders and make his way into the paint. His ability to stay low to the ground while driving to the hoop so effectively made Rose the MVP of the NBA in the 2010-11 season.
But when Rose first steps on the court next season, he’ll have to do so as a different player. The Bulls saw glimpses of Rose’s outside shooting and improved jump shot in the preseason and early in the regular season. He’ll need to continue to improve his shooting as well as his mid-range jumper in order to stay out of the paint and risk more serious injury. Although Rose did not hurt himself driving to the paint when he hurt both of his knees, enduring less contact will be less of a strain on his body all season.
Basically, Rose will have to transform him game more to the likes of Jason Kidd or Deron Williams if he plans on having a long and successful career. Of course Rose should and will drive down the lane with a full head of steam whenever he gets the chance, but shooting first and driving second should be his mindset when he returns healthy to the court.