Iman Shumpert and Derrick Rose: A Tale of Two ACLs

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Iman Shumpert and Derrick Rose: A Tale of Two ACLs
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It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the age of sick, put-back dunks. It was the epoch of sitting on the bench in a suit and tie while all of America shouts at the TV, "Really, you can't play like 20 minutes a game?"

Update: Wednesday, May 8, 4:00 p.m. ET

Iman Shumpert has come to the aid of the man with a similar past injury. ZagsBlog quotes the Knicks star who states the following while on The Michael Kay Show: "Derrick Rose has something totally different on his shoulders. If he feels like he can’t carry the load then he has to make that decision on his own."

Shump: one helluva guy. 

End of Update---

On April 28, 2012, in a first-round game against the Miami Heat, Iman Shumpert tore his left ACL and lateral meniscus in a play that looked like this: 

Meanwhile, Knicks fans were like this: 

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On April 28, 2012, in a first-round game against the 76ers, Derrick Rose tore his left ACL and it looked like this: 

Bulls fans, they went from this: 

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To this: 

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And the playoffs kept rolling. 

The Miami Heat would win the championship, an offseason would take place and so would the start of a new season.  On January 17, Shumpert returned, scoring eight points in 15 minutes against the Pistons. Meanwhile, Derrick Rose was most likely doing this: 

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Which brings us to months later, when Shumpert was playing in a second-round game against the Indiana Pacers and did this: 

Knicks fans, well, you probably had your Rasheed Wallace faces on. 

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Rose, for his part, was back in Miami where he saw his Bulls pull off a fantastic Game 1 win over the Heat. 

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Bulls fans, they continue to wait for the perfect time for their perfect star to feel perfect enough to make a return perfectly. 

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America is just as patient for Rose to return in the right way and at his own leisure. 

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OK, we are all pretty fed up. 

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Of course, this is all fun and games, and we really hope Rose comes back healthy and at his absolute best. Rumor has it that there will be another season starting up a few months from now, so no rush. 

 

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