Derrick Rose adds turf toe to his long list of ailments
Rose finally made his long awaited return to the court for the 2013-14 season opener, and claimed that he was even more explosive than before his knee injury, but it appears that Rose is more injury prone, as well.
After just his first game back, Rose missed shootaround before the Bulls' second game with a neck injury. He managed to play through the injury, but did so while shooting a very low percentage from the field. It is not clear whether the shooting woes were due to the injury or rust from his long layoff while rehabbing.
A little less than two weeks later, head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Rose was dealing with a hamstring injury. Though it was said to be minor, Rose eventually was listed as day-to-day and missed a game due to the ailment.
Rose has since returned from his hamstring injury, but he told reporters on Thursday that yet another body part is now bothering him. Rose says he has a turf toe injury that goes back to 2012. He claims that he can still play heavy minutes, but turf toe can be painful to play through, and Rose admitted that it is an injury that never really goes away.
The list of Rose's injuries has ballooned to include knee, neck, hamstring, and toe ailments. The injuries appear to be bothering the former MVP, as he is shooting an extremely low field goal percentage of 34.4% on the season. The fact that Rose averaged 20.7 points per preseason game (he is averaging 15.0 in the regular season and has yet to score 20) suggests that rust has nothing to do with his struggles, and the injuries are what are holding him back.
I think I speak for all NBA fans when I say that we were excited to see Rose retake the court, but his season has started far from what many of us expected. If the Bulls want to see the fearless, explosive Rose soaring to the rim with ease any time soon, they may want to consider sitting him out for a little while and letting him get his plethora of injuries under control.