It’s ridiculous how one player impacts the fate of an entire franchise. Cleveland and Indianapolis know all about that.
When Lebron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, the organization and its fans were devastated. They lost the best player in the league, and they lost any short-term plans for a championship.
When Peyton Manning missed a season due to neck injuries, the Colts tanked; going from one of the best teams in the NFL to the laughingstock of the nation.
The cold fact of the matter is that the Bulls simply do not have the manpower to maintain the elite status that they had with Rose on the court.
That’s where the real problem lies. It has never been Derrick Rose’s knee. In fact, I’d venture to say that the problem has never even been about Derrick Rose. Forget about when he’s supposed to return, I’m worried about what the Bulls management will do to make sure that last season’s playoff debacle never happens again.
When Manning and Lebron didn't return to their teams, both organizations were left without a light in the dark. That’s what happens when you build a franchise around a single player.
In my opinion, this could be the wake up call that Gar Forman and John Paxson desperately needed, to start making big moves and add a new dimension to the team.