The Derrick Rose injury saga continued when the Bulls’ point guard addressed the media Thursday afternoon for the first time since his medial meniscus tear. The city and social media world are buzzing with quotes and pieces from the press conference. If you were working (like the majority of us) or don’t want to sit through Mr. Charisma’s 21 minute video, prostate we’ve summed up some key factors to take away from Rose’s comments:
- No need to pout, discount Rose would rather smile. Don’t get me wrong, the dude is FRUSTRATED he’s not able to be out on the court doing what he loves, but he’s living with the reality of his injury. Rose’s passion for the game of basketball is obvious and he’s going to approach this next stage of rehabilitation with a positive attitude.
- ACL > Meniscus Tear: This rehab process is very different from an ACL rehabilitation. For starters, he’s already accustomed to the rehabbing process, it’s not new this time around. It’s also a much quicker recovery. Rose said he can already put weight on his leg in comparison to his ACL that took 3-4 months to bear weight.
- Here we go again: Rose said if he’s healthy and everything is feeling right he’ll be on the floor with his teammates for the 2014 playoffs. Don’t get our hopes up and leave us in the dust again stud.
- The Stubborn Underdog: Rose said he’s been the underdog for his entire career and he’ll never stop fighting. He believes this meniscus tear was a freak accident. He knows he’s a special player, he plays hard and he’s always going to play with heart – and he has no intention of changing. What he has changed is the way he takes care of his body. Before the ACL he explained he wasn’t taking care of himself properly, but now he sings to a different tune. He even threw in a little diddy about his yoga practice (Namaste).
- You Can be a Fool if you Want to: When asked if the Bulls should move on, considering all his injuries, Rose had to pause for a good 15 seconds. He let us know if we want to be fools, we can stop believing in him, but he’s dead serious when he says he’s going to be alright. He also shared that he’s not about to recruit other players, if you can hoop he can play with you. Rose still wholeheartedly believes he can be the franchise player the Bulls organization invested in.
Most importantly we need to remember he’s 25 and his story is not over. As fans we’re frustrated as hell being so close to greatness with Rose and coming up short again, but take a second and think of how frustrating it must be to be in Rose’s shoes. Winning an NBA championship is still his number one priority and hopefully one day we’ll get to share the celebration with him.