The Ups and Downs of Derrick Rose

By Joseph Endler

Catlin Gabel School, Catlin Speak

Derrick Rose was born on October 4 1988 and loved basketball from an early age. He played in high school and was later recruited to play in college by the University of Memphis. He only played for one year before being drafted by the Chicago Bulls as their first pick. From the start, Rose surprised the team with his raw skill.

In 2011, the Chicago Bulls played the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs. The team was confident, due to Derrick Rose’s recent nomination as the 2010-11 MVP. The Bulls were expected to make it extremely far in the playoffs. In fact, many fans thought that the Bulls had a good chance at winning the NBA championship. This all changed in one play.

Derrick Rose athletically leaped into the air after a rebound, but when he landed, his leg twisted. The entire stadium watched as Derrick Rose, the MVP, collapsed to the ground. He was helped out of the game and taken to the locker room where it was later found that he had torn his ACL. He was out for the rest of the season, and most likely the entirety of the next season as well. This was only the start of the long train of injuries that plagued Derrick Rose and the rest of the Chicago Bulls organization.

After missing the entire 2012 season, the entire world of basketball was ecstatic to see the former MVP come back in 2013 and lead the Bulls on another great season. “The Return,” as many basketball fans called it, was one of the most exhilarating moments in the world of basketball all season.

Unfortunately, this excitement was soon cut short. After playing only ten games, Rose tore his meniscus in a game against the Portland Trailblazers. Fans were crushed to hear that their hero would again be out for the season. Nonetheless, the Bulls remained strong without their superstar and made it to the playoffs. They lost later on in the first round against the Washington Wizards.

Regardless of the past shaky season, fans still kept their hope. Derrick Rose spent the entire time he was out working on his game and told media sources he would be better then ever when he came back.

It was true. Rose looked good in the 2014-15 preseason and first two games. He seemed like his old self. But only a few days ago on November 6th, Rose went for a rebound and came down on a player’s foot. He left the game in the third quarter, to the shock and horror of Bulls fans. Thankfully, doctors concluded it was only a minor sprain and he could be back in a few days.

Still, the frequent injuries that Rose has suffered has made fans ponder the question if Rose can ever return back to his superstardom. Many fans on the internet believe that he is now far too liable to injury to ever be a basketball superstar again. On the other hand, many Bull fans keep faith in their superstar.

One Catlin Gabel student, Vishal Vanka ’16 commented, “I think he is always a MVP candidate when he is healthy. He is too good to not be considered a basketball superstar. That type of athleticism cannot be copied.”

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (

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