Nia Brevard |Contributing Writer
A sprained wrist, back issues, ACL tear and now blurry vision.
With too many injuries occurring, a former Most Valuable Player is stepping back from his team to make a life-changing decision.
Derrick Rose may have to say farewell to the NBA.
Chicago native, Derrick Rose is an eight-year veteran point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
While a freshman at the University of Memphis, Rose was drafted by the Chicago Bulls as the 2008 first overall pick.
He then went on to become the youngest player to be awarded NBA MVP in 2011.
Rose was such a highly favored player because of his unique play, being able to execute the perfect layup or the perfect reverse. His game-winning shots always had the crowd going crazy.
Despite his injuries, some still say he will always be one of the greatest.
“Derrick Rose is still a good player because of the print he left on the NBA,” said Chima Osuagwu, a sophomore political science major from Washington, D.C.
“He had his era where he was a threat on the court along with being the youngest MVP in NBA history,”
Looking back, Rose had impressive stats, topping some of today’s best players. According to ESPN statistics, during one of his best seasons, Rose averaged 25 points per game, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds.
Still, no one knows what next to expect from Rose, as he figures out whether to return.
His overall stats this season are at 14 points per game, 1 assist and 2 rebounds, a noticeable differenc for a player of his past caliber.
“Derrick Rose’s career is practically over. His history with injury makes him less and less of a distracted player in the league. His body and his health should be his No. 1 priority, and it wouldn’t make sense to continue to put his body under the constant stress of the NBA lifestyle,” said Mildred Goode, a sophomore biology pre-med major from Bowie, Maryland.
ESPN columnist Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted information that he received from a Cavaliers source.
Several coaches and teammates said they are supporting him from afar, after his recent ankle injury this season, and few still believe he can make a comeback despite the injuries.
Fans of Rose don’t want this to happen. A great basketball player might not be able to play again because of what he loves to do.
Even I want to see Rose on the court again and make a remarkable comeback. But after suffering endless injuries throughout his career, it really shows how quickly life can change.
When Rose decides on what he wants to do, I’m sure all his fans will still support him, no matter the decision.
This is something that will take time, and nothing can speed up his recovery, until he’s ready.