COMMENTARY | The next chapter in the basketball career of Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is going off script once again, as the former MVP will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season following surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee.
Rose was injured during Friday night's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Bulls' second of now three-straight defeats after pushing their record to a season-best 6-3 mark following a five-game winning streak.
Things rarely go as planned in the world sports, which makes the games, the storylines, and the athletes and coaches all the more fascinating. And when a narrative like Rose's captivated the headlines for upwards of 19 months, every bit of news, each rumor and all the added fluff all played the part of teaser to the main event: Rose's eventual return to the court.
Rose was still ascending to the height of his young professional career when he suffered a torn ACL in the opening round of the 2012 NBA playoffs. He was celebrated among his teammates and peers. He loved the game of basketball. He was one of the front men for the entire league. He was energetic. He had a contagious smile and attitude. He was one of the best players in the world. And he was on the cusp of greatness.
The anticipation of his comeback consumed any and all who was interested; it was even forced down the throats of those who had minimal or zero concern for the matter.
We all wanted to see Rose play meaningful basketball again -- and be better than ever, with that same zeal and grin. The Bulls needed Rose to once again rub elbows with the NBA's elite. Adidas needed Rose to carry its brand to new heights. And Rose, himself, needed to validate his decision to postpone a return that some thought should have happened months sooner.
You see, there were so many layers to Rose's comeback story the first time around that it would make an onion jealous -- so much in fact that the curiosity to see him conquer this latest road block could be deflated to the extent that some could become disinterested entirely.
It is not that anything changes for Rose, the Bulls or any other component of this narrative; the argument could even be made that there is even more on the line now. What changes, however, is the buildup to the next comeback and whether or not the media and fans overdid it for the main event.
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