Derrick Rose just cannot catch a break from the injury gods.
Things had seemed amiss of late: He had shot 8-of-34 (23.5 percent) in his last three games. Now we find out why:
He has a torn meniscus in his right knee, which will require surgery.
“Derrick Rose reported today with right knee pain,” the Bulls announced in a press release. “Exam and subsequent MRI confirmed medial meniscus tear of the right knee.”
This is the same knee he had the meniscus tear in last season.
The Bulls will not release a timeline for his return until after the surgery, however after this surgery last season in November and did not return. That said, last season he had the meniscus repaired, something that has a longer recovery time. He has the option of having the meniscus removed (although that is an increasingly rare choice), which gets him back more quickly but would be a problem down the line. This option is what Dwyane Wade had done years ago, for example.
Even being optimistic (which is hard with Rose), the idea of a perfectly healthy Rose leading the Bulls into the playoffs seems doomed. And with that, the Bulls title chances fall off a cliff as well.
Rose averaged 18.4 points, 5 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 46 games for the Bulls this season.
He will return from this, but likely not in time for this season. And whether we will ever see anything close to the MVP Derrick Rose — one that can be at the heart of a contender — is certainly up for debate. The Bulls need to seriously consider their long-term plans now.
Kevin Garnett is back where it all started.
For the first decade of his career, when KG established himself as one of the best players in the game, he was carrying the franchise as far as one man could. He eventually left and picked up his ring as a member of the Celtics; then he moved on to Brooklyn.
Now Garnett is back in Minnesota — the Nets bought out his contract, and he re-signed — and at his press conference he called it a fairytale ending. And he said he wants to mentor this young team (the question is for how long, and in what role).
Here are the highlights, courtesy Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune.
Kyle Korver could always shoot the rock; he’s a career 43.2 percent from beyond the arc. But this year his skills have really gotten noticed as vital part of the East leading Atlanta Hawks’ offense — he’s shooting 50 percent overall, 50.9 percent from three and 90.4 percent from the free throw line. Nobody has ever put up a 50-50-90 season before. When Korver goes off the floor, the Hawks offense drops 13.5 points per 100 possessions. That gets noticed by the coaches, who voted him an All-Star Game reserve (and he hit seven threes in that game, one shy of the All-Star Game record).
Why has Korver’s game taken off this season? Korver told me in this latest PBT Extra it’s a combination of healthy and a system that caters to what he likes to do — set screens and move off the ball.
Korver and I also talk more about that offense and how it is a counter to the now-standard defenses in the NBA, plus we talk about the increased fan support in Atlanta.
Most importantly, we also talk about the End It movement, which is working to shine a light on the slavery that still exists in the world today.