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Derrick Rose is one of the premier athletes in the NBA. At just 22 years of age in 2011, he won the NBA MVP, becoming the youngest in league history to receive the honor. He led his Chicago Bulls to the number one seed in the Eastern Conference and they were ready to wrestle the throne away from LeBron James and the Miami Heat. They failed to defeat the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals that season, but they were young and ready to bounce back the following year. After signing a long-term extension with Chicago, suffered through various injuries in the lockout-shortened season. Then came the torn ACL in the playoffs. He missed the 2012-2013 season and came back last year but suffered another devastating injury to his knee. It was safe to ask if Rose would ever come back and be himself again. Rose relies on his explosiveness and athleticism and if his play with Team USA is any indication, the Bulls will be very happy to have their superstar back.
Rose has been a hot commodity since his high school days in Chicago. He is a superior athlete, can get to the rim in a hurry and has great size and strength for a point guard. During his freshman season at the University of Memphis he showcased the rare physical tools that he possesses, leading them to the NCAA National Championship Game. He was selected by the Bulls with the number one pick in 2008 and got off to an excellent start in the WindyCity. He led Chicago to the postseason in his first season and capped it off with Rookie of the Year honors. In his second season, Rose made his first All-Star team and capped it off in his third season with an MVP campaign. In just three seasons, Rose was already one of the best players in the game. The sky was the limit for the hometown kid trying to follow in Michael Jordan’s footsteps.
Injuries happen though. Some can be devastating and leave you wondering what would have happened if their career hadn’t been destroyed by injuries. Two major knee injuries is definitely a cause for concern for the 25-year-old Rose. However, he has dedicated himself to the rehab process and just needs to learn to trust the knee now. Getting over the mental hurdle can be the toughest of all.
Some may question why he would be playing for Team USA this summer and risk injuring himself and missing even more time in the NBA season. Rose is doing the right thing though. If he’s healthy, he should be playing. There is no better way to test the knee than in game action and that’s what he’s doing. He still has the killer crossover, the top flight end-to-end speed and excellent defending. Team USA will need that to win in Spain. A healthy Derrick Rose is good for the Chicago Bulls and good for the NBA and its fans.