Derrick Rose Might Have To Sit Out The Entire 2012-2013 NBA Season While His ACL Heals
Right now, Derrick Rose was supposed to be leading the Chicago Bulls against the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. He was supposed to be up 2-0 against them and en route to the Eastern Conference Finals, where the Bulls would be matched up against LeBron James and the Miami Heat. And, he was supposed to help the Bulls beat the Heat, make the 2012 NBA Finals, and, eventually, guide Chi-Town to its first NBA championship since the days of Michael Jordan. Yet, he’s not doing any of those things right now. And, there’s a good chance he won’t be doing any of them next season, either.
As you know by now, Derrick Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament—the ACL—in his left knee in Game 1 of the Bulls first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers. As a result, he was knocked out of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. But, the news might be even worse than that for Bulls fans.
Earlier this week, Rose had surgery on his injured left knee. And while his doctor called it a success and predicted that D-Rose will be back to his old self once he heals from the ACL injury, he also stressed that Rose will be out anywhere from eight to 12 months while he heals. That’s right, Bulls fans. If you do the math, that means that he could very well be on the disabled for the entire 2012-2013 season. If the Bulls end up making the 2013 NBA Playoffs, he could miss those, too, unless the Bulls make a deep run in the playoffs. And, even then, it would seem unlikely that the Bulls would call on him to play for the first time in a year during the playoffs.
So, where do the Bulls go from here? If they’re smart, they’ll work hard in the offseason to make sure that they’ve got serviceable point guards to take Rose’s place. Even with him in the lineup, there’s a good chance they can still get a No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the playoffs. So, they’ll need to do their best to fill his spot. And, as if that isn’t a tall enough order, they’ll also have to consider what they want to do with the point guard position in the future. Should they draft a young backup with lots of potential just in case Rose doesn’t get back to his old form when he returns? It certainly wouldn’t hurt.
But, above all, the Bulls need to plan to be without Derrick Rose for the next year. If they manage to get him back earlier than a year, great. But, if they don’t, they need to be prepared to play without him. Because while he was supposed to do a lot of things for the Bulls over the course of the next 12 months, it sounds like he won’t be able to do any of them. So, they need to do what they can to function without him.