At to the end of the 2010-11 NBA campaign, there were few certainties between the league and its stars. However, one of them was the limitless celling that Derrick Rose showcased.
Then April 28th, 2012 happened. It changed Rose’s ceiling forever.
More than two years later, Rose has only played in 10 regular season games. At this point, we’re really just questioning whether he has already hit his ceiling, and if he’s on his way down.
Rose, however, isn’t buying into that concept. And at 25, who can blame him? In 2014-15, Rose intends to make doubters eat their words. Count him out and he’ll prove you wrong.
Say he’s done, he’ll show you otherwise. He’s determined, and ready for his real comeback.
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) July 27, 2014
Last season, Rose was averaging 16 points and four assists prior to tearing his meniscus in November. The injury resulted in season-ending surgery. The year before that (2012-13) Rose sat out the entire season as he recovered from ACL surgery in the offseason.
With a revamped squad in Chicago, Rose is probably in the best situation of his career. He won’t be in a spot where the team will be solely dependent on him, like they’ve been in the past. He won’t be asked to do too much, nor will he be expected.
While there’s nothing the NBA public would love more than for Rose to comeback posting vintage Derrick Rose type numbers, it’s probably not going to happen. At least not immediately.
For once, expectations won’t be high for Rose’s return. A success for Rose would be to finish a season healthy, then he can address the eating of words.