After suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee on Nov. 22, Chicago Bulls superstar point guard Derrick Rose has now endured two major knee injuries to both ligaments in less than three years. Known for his trademark speed, quickness and athleticism, Rose was a lock to command stardom simply based on his agility. But after tearing his ACL in his left knee in 2012 and now another significant injury on the opposite leg, how does Rose bounce back from this? He was heavily criticized for much of last season for not suiting up despite recovering from the ACL injury so how will fans react with his latest concern? Could Rose bounce back stronger than ever or is this the final nail in the coffin for the super athletic point guard? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question.
Riley: It's the worst news that his family and fans could experience, but it's the best scenario for him. Original reports indicated a torn ACL which would've been completely devastating. And although a torn meniscus is a lengthy rehab, we've already seen Rose bounce back from an ACL tear. Rose isn't a quitter and even with him basically rusty in the early part of this season, you still saw him flash the speed and hops we've come to associate with him. Rose will bounce back like he always does.
Green: You could put a fork into Rose and call it a day. He'll never be the same. It's impossible. The thing that separates Rose from other floor generals is his amazing traits and physical frame. If you take those two away then what do you have? We didn't come to love Rose because he was this skilled tactician ala Steve Nash. Rose got to where he is from simply showcasing his God-given physical talents. This is bad, Riley. He's looking at becoming the modern day Grant Hill.
Riley: Today's technology isn't like it was 10 years ago or even five years ago. Considering Rose bounced back from his ACL tear pretty quickly, tells you that when focused, Rose can rehab and come back strong. Meniscus tears can range in recovery from a few months to just a couple. If Rose is diligent, and we know he will be, he'll recover and return before the season ends.
Green: In light of another major knee injury, do we even want Rose returning this year? Even though he was suiting up for the Bulls before he got hurt, it was obvious Rose was still feeling the effects from the ACL. And now here's another injury to go along with the one he's still recovering from. How can you root against Rose? He's a class act and a good kid, but two major knee injuries will pretty much zap him from who he previously was. He'll return and still be good but the days of the breathtaking, blazingly fast guard are over. Say hello to a new, grounded guard who likely won't be able to muscle himself to MVP like he did in the 2010-2011 season.