As Derrick lay of the floor clutching his knee Bulls fans everywhere were clutching their hearts and praying that his injury was not serious. They pleaded with him to bounce back up as he always does.
Unfortunately he did not pop back up and had to be helped off the court. Hours later we found out the devastating news: Derrick Rose has torn his left ACL.
It is believed that Derrick will be out anywhere from 6-10 months. He will not be able to represent his country this summer in the Olympics, and will not be back until around January of next season. This bleak timetable has him missing not only this season, but a good portion of next season as well.
The most frightening part of this nightmare for Bulls fans is Derrick might never regain the quickness and explosiveness that has allowed him to excel in the NBA and become an MVP.
It was rumored that "a source" close to Derrick said to "expect him to be a more traditional PG." I honestly think this is the fear talking, but it is a very long road just to get back to his pre-knee-injury self.
This is terrifying to Bulls fans not because the chances of winning a championship have plummeted this season and next, but because Derrick Rose is beloved by the city of Chicago and they don't want to see him in pain.
Chicago is one of the proudest sports cities in the world. Here it is difficult to become loved, and nearly impossible to stay there. Chicago can turn on its own stars in the blink of an eye if they are not winning, but Derrick Rose is different.
Yes Derrick Rose has done nothing but win during his tenure in Chicago, but he is loved because he is home-grown, plays hard every single second, and loves Chicago back.
Derrick is not only one of the most humble men in the NBA, but he is one of the most humble athletes in professional sports. Is he perfect? No, but even if you have only ever seen him play on television you feel as if you know him.
He cares about his team, he cares about his family, and he cares about his friends.
Derrick Rose has heart.
This was evident when he could barely speak during his MVP speech in 2011 when he was thanking his mother for all she did, and told her, "We made it." It is also so easy to love him because of how much his teammates care for him. A few hours after the Bulls' victory over the 76ers and his injury, Kyle Korver posted on facebook.com about the injury. In part of his post, he said:
"Derrick is more than an MVP to our team. He's our friend, our brother he inspires us to be the very best we can be, just by who he is and how hard he plays. That he has spent so much time this year hurt, was frustrating.
Now that he is out for the rest of the season, well its just plain sad. No one is to blame; what happened, did. We send him our prayers, our love, our good wishes that he heals and comes back stronger, better, healthier than ever before."
The city has seen enough heartbreak from the Cubs to Jay Cutler's injuries, and Chicago needs Derrick Rose.
From the bottom of the hearts of all Bulls fans and Derrick Rose fans we hope he bounces back from this like he does from all his injuries, and can return quickly to his MVP form.
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