Derrick Rose Injury: Updates on Bulls Star's Ankle and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2014

Oct 6, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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Updates from Monday, Nov. 10

Coach Tom Thibodeau discussed Derrick Rose's status for tonight's game against the Detroit Pistons via Sam Smith of NBA.com:

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune added more comments from Thibodeau: 

"I think he'll be fine," Thibodeau said.

Thibodeau also reiterated the organizational philosophy regarding Rose, who has played just 10 games the last two seasons due to knee surgeries.

"When he’s healthy, he’s got to play. It’s really that simple," Thibodeau said. "He’s dealing with sprained ankles. The rest of his body is good. When he’s ready to go, he goes. That would be the same for anybody. Sprained ankles are part of it. Just work your way through it."

Updates from Sunday, Nov. 9

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports updated Derrick Rose for Chicago's next game vs. Detroit:

Updates from Saturday, Nov. 8

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe provides an update on Derrick Rose's status: 

Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago passes along more details on Rose's expected return to action:

Updates from Friday, Nov. 7

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune has the latest on Rose's status for Friday night's game against the Philadelphia 76ers:

Johnson previously provided comments from Rose on his ankles and the chances of him playing against the Sixers:

"It's a little sore. You never know how something could turn out in the next couple hours so tonight when I come back in here really give it a warmup. If I can't play, don't worry about it. Just trying to be in here for the long haul.

Updates from Wednesday, Nov. 5

The Chicago Bulls confirmed Derrick Rose's status for tonight's game against the Bucks: 

ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell had provided an update on Rose earlier Wednesday:

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune previously reported on Rose's status for Wednesday's game:

Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 4

After initially listing him in the starting lineup, the Chicago Bulls scratched Derrick Rose shortly before tipoff against the Orlando Magic, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago:

As Steve Aschburner of NBA.com points out, both of Rose's ankles are now bothering him:

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reminds us that Rose is being extra cautious with his body:

Tom Thibodeau had previously commented on Rose's status for Tuesday's game, via Friedell:

Rose later commented on his ankle, via the Bulls:

Updates from Monday, Nov. 3

ESPN's Nick Friedell passed along comments from Tom Thibodeau on Derrick Rose's status:

The Bulls later clarified Rose's status for Tuesday's game vs. Orlando, via Jessica Camerato of Boston.com:

Updates from Saturday, Nov. 1

ESPN's Nick Friedell reports Rose will not start tonight's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves:

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports more:

Original Article From Friday, Oct. 31

Usually when you read "Derrick Rose" and "injury" in the same sentence, your heart skips a beat. This time around, it looks like the Chicago Bulls point guard dodged a bullet after suffering only an ankle sprain against the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night.

The team announced he was questionable to return to action, though he did not re-enter the contest:

Chuck Garfien of CSN Chicago provides an update from Rose after the game:

Rose stepped on Kyrie Irving's foot in the first half, though he remained in the game until the 4th quarter:

The Bulls went on to lose the game 114-108 in overtime.

Few players over the last few years have been bitten by the injury bug more than the 2011 MVP.

First, there was the torn ACL in the 2012 NBA playoffs that wiped out his entire 2012-13 season. Then last year, he played in 10 games before tearing the meniscus in his right knee. Over the last three years, Rose has lost a combined 181 regular-season games because of various injuries.

The 26-year-old made his triumphant return to the court in the ill-fated USA Basketball scrimmage that saw Paul George go down with a gruesome injury. Rose was one of the bright spots of the exhibition before things took a turn for the catastrophic.

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 01:  Derrick Rose #41 of the 2014 USA Basketball Men's National Team brings the ball up the court during a USA Basketball showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Ima
Ethan Miller/Getty Images

However, Rose struggled mightily at the FIBA World Cup, averaging 4.8 points on 25.4 percent shooting in 17 minutes on the court. According to FIBA, he was one of the least efficient players (3.8) on Team USA.

Grantland's Andrew Sharp wrote before the season that 2014-15 would truly reveal whether or not Rose would ever return to something close to his MVP peak:

Rose has gone from a force of nature to the NBA’s reminder that sometimes nature can be cruel. For every superstar who defies the odds and looks superhuman for an entire decade, there are players like Rose who remind you that even the brightest stars can burn out, and knee cartilage matters.

One way or another, this season will make things official. The limbo ends in 2014. That’s all we can say for sure. Either Rose returns to something like the player he was, or the NBA will stop waiting, Vegas will stop buying into the Bulls, and everyone will officially adjust to the reality we saw at the FIBA World Cup: The youngest MVP in league history is a 26-year-old reminder of mortality.

Despite everything that's happened to him, Rose remained upbeat about his chances for this season, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

I have no fears, I have faith. I know that I'm going to be fine. I know that I busted my ass the entire two summers—you can say two seasons—to get back to where I am right now. Just try to keep it moving, stay positive every day, do everything consistent like I've been doing. I think everything will go my way.

By now, everybody has seen the difference between the Bulls with Rose and the Bulls without Rose. Signing Pau Gasol is a step in the right direction, but the failure to land a star like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh or LeBron James means the team's title hopes still rest firmly on Rose's shoulders.

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 01:  Derrick Rose #41 of the 2014 USA Basketball Men's National Team brings the ball up the court during a USA Basketball showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Ima
Ethan Miller/Getty Images

In this case, it looks as if he should make a speedy recovery, calming the nerves of Bulls fans and ensuring that an NBA championship is well within reach for Chicago.

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