For the first time since tearing his meniscus nearly two weeks ago, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose spoke with the media. On Thursday, the Bulls head a press conference for Rose to address his injury as well as his future.
Rose confesses that no injury will keep him from continuing to be the player that was the youngest ever to win the NBA MVP award.
“I could get hurt 10 more times. I’m never going to stop,” Rose said when asked if his knee injuries might affect the way he plays.-Derrick Rose, Chicago Tribune
Many have speculated that the injuries to Rose may hinder his career. Furthermore, some have suggested that the Bulls would be better to move on without Rose considering the point guard has suffered two severe knee injuries. Rose does not believe in that sentiment.
“You can be a fool if you want. I know I’m going to be all right. … I believe that I’m a special player.”-Rose, Chicago Tribune
When it was first announced that Rose would be addressing reporters on Thursday, there was a sense that there was no need for Rose to speak with the media. The philosophy being that Rose is injured and there is not much more beyond that notion that he could expand on. Nonetheless, it was refreshing to listen to Rose despite his poor speaking skills. Refreshing in the sense that Rose was more upbeat this time around than when he addressed reporters after tearing his ACL in 2012.
While addressing reporters, Rose also said that if the situation was right then he could return in the playoffs. Many will take that as Rose saying if he is healthy, then he will return for the Bulls in the playoffs. Don’t hold your breath. By all accounts, the chances of Rose playing in the playoffs this season are slim to none. The best thing for Rose would be to sit the entire season including the playoffs.
Rose is expected to resume basketball activity in about four weeks.