Thursday, February 11, 2010

Derrick Rose injury!

I wasn't able to watch the game last night versus Orlando, but I saw the highlights, and was dismayed to watch Derrick Rose take a hard foul as he drove to the basket from Dwight Howard. He went down and did not return to the game.

Bulls fans everywhere were in full panic mode this morning while speculating on what could be the worst case scenarios. The Bulls' staff announced this morning that while they weren't ruling out a fracture, it was very unlikely, and it appeared to be a bone bruise.

Later in the day, discussion centered on whether Rose should play in the All Star game this weekend, with most weighing in that he should not be allowed to play. Too much is riding on Rose's continued health; he looks like he might be a dominant guard in the league, maybe before this season is over.

You hate to tell a kid that he can't go to his first All Star game, even though you know he'll probably have many more chances to experience the event. Were I advising the Bulls, I think I'd suggest that he be allowed to go, to suit up, but that his play be limited, that is, if Rose himself still wants to go or feels good enough to play. He has to understand that the Bulls' future is on his shoulders, and he needs to do everything in his power to stay healthy.


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