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.