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What to Expect From Derrick Rose in 2013
- Updated: July 24, 2013
April 28th, 2012. A date that all Bulls fans look back at with agony and frustration. Late in the fourth quarter in game one of the Bulls’ playoffs series with the Philadelphia 76ers, Tom Thibodeau decided to put Derrick Rose back on the floor. The Bulls had the lead, but the Sixers were on a run, and old school Thibs didn’t want Philly to have any momentum going forward, so he put Rose in to stop the bleeding. Then, it happened. With 1:22 left in the quarter, Rose took the ball, drove down the center of the lane, hopped to the right, landed, jumped again, and dumped the ball off to Carlos Boozer. Then Rose fell to the floor, and crawled over to the baseline. As I watched that game, time seemed to start moving in slow motion. I made the plea any Bulls fan made that night, “Please don’t let it be serious.”
However, it was serious. Rose missed almost half the regular season due to minor injuries, but this time it wasn’t turf toe, back spasms, a pulled groin or a hurt foot. Rose tore the ACL in his left knee, and was out for the rest of the playoffs. A playoffs that didn’t last very long for the Bulls because they lost their first round series against the 76ers without their MVP on the floor. Fans knew the Bulls were done in the playoffs, and they knew Rose would miss part of the 2012-2013 season. Experts said to expect a return after Christmas, and Adidas launched a series of videos in a campaign called The Return. The videos showed how hard Rose was working to return as the best player possible.
The 2012-2013 season came and went, and you all know the story. Derrick Rose didn’t play a single minute. Fans everywhere were outraged, calling him selfish and a disappointment to the team. People started to question a guy who transformed a team from average to great, and put the team on his back whenever he stepped on the floor. People said Rose simply didn’t want to play. To those people I have a challenge. Go tear your ACL, then go back and play basketball against the world’s greatest players that will look to take advantage of your injury. People act like tearing your ACL isn’t a big deal, and you can recover from the injury just like you can from a minor pull.
Miniature rant aside, we haven’t seen Derrick Rose play in an NBA game in over a year. So what can we expect next season?
1: An Injury Free Year
A lot of people I talk to say Rose is injury prone, and will just keep getting hurt. While the lockout shortened season with his full plate of injuries could back that up, Rose is no longer the same player he was in 2011. For starters, his surgically repaired ACL is NOT any more susceptible to tearing again than it would be if he had not previously tore it. Basically, he has as slim a chance of tearing his ACL as anyone else in the NBA. An ACL tear can only occur as a freak injury; even though Rose tore his ACL in 2012, it will still take a freak accident to tear it again.
Also, Rose spent a lot of time during rehab strengthening his core. An athlete’s core is the key to staying injury free. Strong core muscles stabilize the spine, which in turn stabilizes the rest of the body. His strong core will allow for him to be as explosive as ever, and it will prevent those minor injuries from impacting him like they have before. Expect Rose to remain healthy throughout the year.
2: A Jump Shot
Derrick Rose is a career 46% shooter from the field, which is respectable, but a lot of his shots are taken around the rim. The biggest knock on Rose is that he doesn’t have a jump shot, evidenced by his career 31% shooting from deep. However, Rose has spent a lot of time while rehabbing working on his jump shot. Rose himself, and those who have witnessed his reformed shooting have explained with excitement that his jumper has gotten a lot better. It’s not a stretch to think that Rose can hit over 35% of his threes next season, and flirt with 50% shooting from the field. With more shots going in, more points go on the board, which is exciting to think about.
3: An All Star Stat Line
There will certainly be an adjustment period once Rose starts playing again at the beginning of the season. He hasn’t played full speed games in a long time, and it will take a little while for him to get used to players attacking him as fast as he can. However, the season is 82 games long, and after that minor adjustment period, Rose will start putting up his great numbers again. Rose has averaged 21 PPG, 6.8 APG and 3.8 RPG. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rose put up something like 23 points per game, 8 assists per game and 4 rebounds per game. People have been writing off Rose, but you can confidently expect the 24-Year-Old to return do his dominant self.
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