A new Derrick Rose injury has been reported as of Tuesday evening. The Chicago Bulls guard and former NBA MVP suffered an orbital fracture according to ESPN.com on Sept. 29, and his timeline for return to being able to play in games is currently unknown. For the Chicago franchise this seems like yet another setback in the Rose era as they head into a fresh season under a brand new head coach.
The Chicago Tribune reported on Sept. 29 that Rose took an “accidental” elbow to the eye during a Bulls practice session which caused the left orbital fracture injury. A surgical procedure was expected to take place on Wednesday to repair the latest injury. It’s unknown exactly how the injury came about in terms of which player may have caused it. Taj Gibson later commented “Might have been me. Hopefully it’ll be fine. He’s tough. It’s one of those plays where everybody’s going hard.”
Rose, who won the NBA MVP years ago, has been suffering injuries ever since. Going back to the 2012-13 season when he had a torn ACL, he has missed nearly 200 games. Among his other injuries during his career have been a sprained back, sprained toe, ankle or hamstring complications and two different seasons with a meniscus injury. The orbital fracture will be the latest on the list of injuries to plague a guard who appeared ready to deliver several championships to the team.
In terms of the Bulls’ chances, future odds list at Vegas Insider had them listed at 20 to 1 odds to win the NBA title in the next season. That has them sixth overall on the list behind the Clippers, Thunder, Warriors, Spurs and overall favorites, the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the most recent years, the Eastern Conference has seemed to suffer from having a worthy challenger to any team that LeBron James has been a part of, with the Bulls usually listed as the only legitimate threats.