Cleveland Cavalier’s point guard Derrick Rose may require another surgery, this time for a bone spur in his left ankle. For now Rose says he will simply have to focus on getting healthy, “I got to go through rehab with trying to get my ankle right. I got a bone spur that I didn’t tell anybody about, but I was just trying to process all that myself.”
To say that Derrick Rose has failed to meet expectations would be an understatement. Rose began as an explosive and electrifying playmaker but has since been held back by his lack of ability to stay on the court.
The former Memphis Tiger standout was drafted first overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2008 NBA Draft. During his first few seasons, Rose quickly made a name for himself, serving as one of the team’s top playmakers. Rose averaged 21.1 points along with 7 assists per game throughout his first 4 seasons. On top of these impressive numbers, he was nominated as an NBA Allstar 3 times and even won a league MVP award in the 2010-11 season. He became the youngest player ever to win this prestigious award and was the first Chicago Bull since Michael Jordan to be an MVP.
Although Rose had a rather dominant introduction into the league, his career would take an unexpected turn when he tore his left ACL during the first round of the 2011-12 playoffs against the Detroit Pistons. This would mark the first of several significant injuries that would ultimately make the Bulls head office realize that Rose signed one of the worst long-term contracts in NBA history.
Once the Bulls realized that Chicago’s “hometown hero” would never be the same, they traded him to the New York Knicks at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Since then, Rose has endured yet another meniscus tear and his reliability issue has persisted. Rose is now with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers; however, on November 24th Rose took a leave of absence from the team. His frustration with injuries has made him question whether he wants to play basketball anymore.
Rose certainly doesn’t have to worry about playing for money, he has made millions through the NBA and his $180M dollar contract with Adidas. He stated when talking to the press about his future with Adidas, “Man, I don’t care about — not to be rude — I don’t care about no f***ing money.”
David Allen Contributed to this Article