Say It Ain't So D Rose

ACL: A Crucial Loss For Chicago Bulls

4/29/12 in NBA   |   Fishchick17   |   36 respect

Apr 28, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls injured point guard Derrick Rose (1) is helped off the court by medical staff during the fourth quarter in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center.  The Bulls won 103-91. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
The minute D Rose hit the floor my heart sank. I think the collective heart of the city of Chicago sank. I was a believer in these Chicago Bulls. I watched night in and night out. I thought we had a real shot this year. Reigning MVP getting his groove back, reigning Coach of the Year leading this team, the Bench Mob out there as the best second string around. A real shot at the title. Until I saw D Rose writhing on the floor in pain. Serious pain.

D Rose is a kid with a huge heart. He works hard-every game and every off season. He makes everyone around him better. He loves playing and more specifically, winning basketball games. It is hard not to be a huge fan of his. I am heartbroken for D Rose. No playoffs, no championship, no Olympics, no off season training, maybe even no preseason hoops. It could be a long road to a full recovery. And I am heartbroken for this team and the city of Chicago that loves its Bulls.

I have no doubt that D Rose will work his butt off to come back next season bigger, stronger and faster than he is now. He will come back healthy and fully recovered from his turf toe, back spasms, groin injury, swollen ankle and whatever else we don't know about. Because now, he has to take it easy and really recover.

And the Chicago Bulls need to march on. And step up. CJ Watson will see a huge increase in playing time. Hoping he can make the most of his starting opportunity. Boozer has to keep doing what he's been doing all season long-being a consistent shooter and get the Bulls points. Noah needs to keep this team energized and take it hard to the basket every play. Everyone will need to step up in a big way to give the Bulls a chance in the playoffs, Even though the Bulls were 18-9 without D Rose this season, the playoffs are a completely different ball game.

But, I am a believer. Anything is possible. This team has a strong core and a tough group of guys who have stepped up all season. And they have the inspiration to achieve from their leader, D Rose. So don't count the Bulls out quite yet. Stranger things have happened. But there is no doubt about one thing-D Rose will be sorely missed. Wishing you a speedy recovery D Rose-it's not the same without you. But I'll still be cheering. Go Bulls!
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