Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has been through a rough couple of years behind injury. Rose has been through two major knee surgeries since his MVP season a few years back.
Rose’s most recent return to the court this season has been limited after suffering two ankle sprains. Bulls’ fans and even local Chicago media are wondering if DRose will ever return to his MVP form. One Chicago newspaper even referred to him as “damaged goods.” In recent interview Rose explained that while he understands the frustrations, he has to be concerned about his future.
“I’m good, man,” Rose said. “I felt like I’ve been managing myself pretty good. I know a lot of people get mad when they see me sit out or whatever, but I think a lot of people don’t understand that … when I sit out it’s not because of this year.
“I’m thinking about long term. I’m thinking about after I’m done with basketball. Having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to, I don’t want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son’s graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. [I’m] just learning and being smart.”
Fans are going to be upset by his response – I assume Bulls brass also – but the reality is, he will have to function when he’s done in the NBA. The sport will move on and forget about you. How many athletes held on for too long but now don’t have the money to care for their chronic long-term injuries? Just ask some retired NFL players.