The NBA was waiting for Derrick Rose to return. Adidas had commercials about it and he was the most anticipated player to watch on the opening game of the season when the Chicago Bulls took on the champions- the Miami Heat. Then less than 30 days into the season, the unthinkable happened. He tore the meniscus in his right knee. The Bulls said he would need surgery and would be out for the rest of the season.

Wait. Don’t count him out yet. Derrick Rose says that he may return to play if the Bulls make the playoffs:

“If I’m healthy and the situation is right, I’ll be out there playing,” Rose said Thursday. “But if it’s something totally different and the outcome isn’t something I want, there’s no need.”

When Rose stayed out the entire season last year, he was met with a bunch of criticism and varying opinions about what he should do and when he should return. I’m not sure anymore. The kind of wear and tear on joints for professional athletes is many more times greater than the average person, but the responsibility is greater. To his team. To a city. To his fans. To himself. 

I’m not sure how long Rose can go without playing. Sitting out another year might be the best thing for his knee, but it could be costly for his career.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

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