The Triumphant Journey of Derrick Rose

It all started in 2008, with a strike of good luck.

The Chicago Bulls won the draft lottery, which was a 1.7 percent chance of landing the first pick. With that, they selected none other than Chicago native Derrick Rose.

Rose came into the league ambitious and confident. He ended his rookie season with the Bull’s averaging 16.8 points and 6.3 assists per game after shooting 47.5% from the field.

Later that year, before playoffs, Rose injured his wrist. Wasn’t a big deal, he only missed a single game. After that, he managed to rack up 36 points in his playoffs debut against the Boston Celtics.

Rose was then named 2009 Rookie of the Year.

The next year’s season brought Rose more injuries. Nothing too devastating… yet. He injured his hip, which luckily didn’t cause him to miss any games. Then only about a month later, he injured his wrist. That caused him to miss four games, then he returned and finished out his sophomore season relatively healthy. Rose averaged 20.8 points and six assists per game.

The 2010-11 season begun with a healthy Rose who dropped 28 and 39 in the first two games of the season. Rose was playing like himself, and only improving as time went on. He ended up averaging 25 points and 7.7 assists, while shooting 44.5% percent from the field.

At 22 years old, Rose was named the league MVP. He became the youngest in NBA history to be awarded such an honor.

Then, the season that changed everything started.

The 2011-12 season brought Rose nothing but misfortune, and became a statement making season for years to come.

Rose began the season normal, however, he did hit a few road blocks with minor injuries here and there. He missed a few games ever so often, but was seeming to always manage to return to normal.

It was game one of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, the Bulls hosted the Philadelphia 76ers. Thirty-seven minutes into Rose’s playing time, he tore his ACL in his left knee. If you remember the game, it was an emotional one. Every player on the Bulls bench was concerned, shocked and feeling for Rose. There was a feeling of heaviness among the arena for the rest of the night. Chicago went on to win the game, but ended up losing the series 2-4 without the lead of Rose.

Rose sat out the entire season of 2012-13, recovering.

October 5th, 2013 was when Rose finally stepped foot on the hardwood again. He ended up dropping solid numbers in preseason. He started averaging around 16 points a game in the regular season.

Rose was hit with a stroke of bad luck yet again. He tore the meniscus in his right knee, while playing against the Portland Trailblazers on the road. It ended up being a season ending injury. Bulls fans and basketball fans in general all mourned for Rose’s unfortunate happening.

After recovering, the point guard hit the hardwood running to kick off the 2014-15 season. He was starting, playing solid minutes and averaging decent numbers. Rose then tore his meniscus AGAIN, same knee. It started to seem like this guy was cursed, and just couldn’t catch a break.

The rest of Rose’s career with the Bulls entailed a sexual assault case (which is still evolving), broken facial bones, rolled ankles, tendonitis and then BOOM, he’s traded.

Rose joined the New York Knicks for the 2016-17 season where he averaged 18 points a game, which was his highest PPG since 2012. In the latter half of that season, Rose tore his meniscus yet again, and was forced to sit out the final five games of the season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Rose for the 2017-18 season. During a game versus the Milwaukee Bucks, Rose was fouled hard and suffered an ankle injury that led to him miss a total of 32 games.

In March of that same year, the Minnesota Timberwolves sought out a deal to snag Rose.

He went on to play nine games with the Timberwolves before their season ended, and averaged a low 5.8 points.

Looking back, Rose has been through hell, which some things he may still be dealing with. He’s been injury ridden, which caused him to be tossed around to several teams, and has hit so many road blocks that it’s almost unbelievable that he’s still trying. Some may call it insanity.

However, it’s intriguing. The same point guard that was averaging 8.4 points last season just dropped a career-high 50 points on Halloween in the Timberwolves’ 128-125 win over the Utah Jazz. Several athletes took to twitter to send some praise Rose’s way. Some say he’s “revived” his career. Some are calling it a fluke. Who knows? It may be too early in the season to dub it a complete comeback. It’ll take time. There’s a whole season ahead of us.

In his eight games played thus far this year, he’s averaging 18.8 points and 5 turnovers.

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