Unfortunately, Twitter isn’t lying. The most sickening form of deja vu has become a reality.
Bulls guard/superstar/franchise icon Derrick Rose has a torn meniscus in his right knee and will undergo surgery. The team made the announcement on Tuesday, and sources have been confirming the hard-to-believe news over the last 1/2 hour.
According to multiple sources, this injury has been lingering for a few days, and Rose reported right knee pain to team staff earlier today. An exam and subsequent MRI were performed, and another tear was confirmed.
It’s unexpected but not surprising, and it’s all kinds of brutal.
Bulls say Derrick Rose reported today with right knee pain and MRI confirmed a medial meniscus tear of the right knee. Surgery needed.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) February 25, 2015
A timetable for Rose’s return will be determined once he has surgery, the team said. But from the exhausting history of this tale, it’s clear that the worst is likely: Derrick Rose’s injury is season-ending.
If it is, the Chicago Bulls could very well miss yet another chance at reaching the NBA Finals under Tom Thibodeau. Mediocrity comes and goes, but players like Derrick Rose only come to a franchise sparingly.
And the Derrick Rose that we knew could be all but done. For how bad this sucks as Bulls fans, try to remember how Derrick Rose is feeling right now.
It’s hard to believe that GQ published this just two and a half years ago:
“The Rose Revolution”
At just 23, Derrick Rose already has an MVP award, a $95 million contract, and a direct line to the White House, home of his number one fan. He also has Chicago—the city where he was born and bred—convinced that it’s witnessing the second coming of you-know-who