Derrick Rose Will Be MVP Again

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During the 2012-13 NBA season, the Chicago Bulls managed to scrape out 45 wins despite the loss of Derrick Rose to a torn left ACL. When Rose returned the following year, he played only 10 games before tearing his right meniscus. The Bulls went on to win a respectable 48 games, but the loss of Rose was too much for the team to shoulder a second time around.

But before Rose suffered two-consecutive season-ending injuries, he was easily a top-three player behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Rose’s 2011 MVP award is proof enough of that. During that year, Rose electrified the league with his speed and strength when he attacked the basket. He also improved his shooting from his first three seasons in the NBA. Rose led the team to a 62-20 record — the most wins for the Bulls since 1997-98.

Despite all of the injuries, Rose will get back to his former MVP status. After all, his game could only improve after seeing the court from the sidelines over the last couple of years. He’s been able to view the game from a different angle and hopefully that can translate when he returns to the court next season.

Also, with Rose having knee injuries, his set shooting should be much improved from his last healthy season in 2011. When Rose was out last season, fans were able to see him go through extensive shooting drills before every Bulls game. So, it’s probably safe to say that he was still doing the same shooting drills this year even after the meniscus tear.

Although he might be a step slow with the hampered knees, Rose will still be too fast and strong to contain. And with the possibility of adding another All-Star such as Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love, Rose will no longer have to shoulder the entire load on offense if all goes according to plan. Even if the Bulls strikeout on Anthony and Love, the Bulls will still look to add scoring to help Rose.

In spite of the fact that Rose hasn’t played close to a full season since 2011, Rose could still help the Bulls achieve greatness while acquiring more MVP trophies for himself. His career is still far from over, so it wouldn’t be wrong to think that Rose’s best basketball is still ahead of him.

 Wally Jacobs is a Chicago Bulls writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @WJac1.

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  • shane

    WITHIN D NEXT TWO YEARS, D ROSE WILL B D MVP,,,THATS A FACT IF EVERYTHING GOES AS PLAN WITH HIS HEALTH,,HE DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HIS KNEES ANYMORE NOW BECAUSE OF D SURGURY N BY HIM BEING AWAY FROM D GAME HE HAS HAD TIME TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON WHATEVER WAS LACKING IN HIS GAME,,,REMEMBER,HIS COACH SAID RECENTLY THAT HE HAS NEVER SEEN HIM AS EXPLOSIVE N JUMPING SO HIGH,,,,,THATS SCARRY

    • shane

      its all good,

      • shane

        what people fail to realize is that d rose has gotten even hungrier,listening to d critics,sports analysts n all d other nay sayers has also given him an edge like never before,now he really feels he have to prove something,n to b real,yes he do,n that’s where all his work ethics will pay off,working on his free throws n his jump shot while being hurt has given him n edge,remeber his coach says he”s never seen him as explosive both jumping n with d ball,,,,watch out russell westbook n d rest of yall,,,,,I cant wait

    • Debbie

      Hope so hope so hope so…he was a joy to watch.

      • shane

        sometimes n life when something is taken away from u,no mater how r what happens,either way u will b talked about n remembered,it is how u want to b remembered is what matters,,,remember early on n their careers both mj n magic had surgery,,its not d surgery we talk about now,but its all their accomplishments n what they did n how they changed d nba forever ,,just to name a few,,their mvp”s,championships,courage,will,competitiveness,love for d game ,will to win ,n their place n history as d 2 best nba players of all time,,,,,,d rose,go,watch some tapes of mj n magic before n after their injuries,,,,,now from here on out,its up to u to write your history n legacy,,,its time to start writing……………

  • alfredo

    best review ever of derrick rose since last injury! thank you for that

    • Debbie

      Finally, a fair and rational view of Derrick’s future. I was getting weary of all the bashing. Wish him all the best…