A few days ago, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose has announced that he will step away from the team to reevaluate his NBA career. Rose has been through numerous injuries throughout his career. He is tired of getting injured and has just had a roller coaster ride since his major injury in 2012. With his thinking over his career and stepping away from his team for a little bit, could this be the last time we see D-Rose in an NBA uniform?

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The Beginning of the End

Rose’s injury train started all the way back in 2012. In a playoff game versus the Philadelphia 76ers, Rose tore his ACL in his left knee. This injury made him miss the rest of the playoffs and the entire 2012-2013 season.

Rose returned in October 2013 but just a little over a month later he tore his meniscus in his right knee. Which made him miss the entirety of that season as well. Rose returned for the 2014-2015 season but in February of 2015 he re tore his meniscus again so he had to have additional surgery on the same knee.

Trying to Get Back

Rose returned in the 2015-2016 season and played 66 games which is now the most games he’s played since his first injury. Then, Rose was traded to the New York Knicks that off-season and arguably played his best season since his MVP season. He averaged 18 points and shot 47.1 percent from the field and played 64 games. Towards the end of that season, Rose tore his meniscus this time in his left knee and required surgery making it his fourth surgery.

Unfortunate Series of Events

Rose’s career is a sad case for a career that could have been. Injuries like Rose have ruined NBA careers such as Brandon Roy. Rose could have been one of the best point guards in the league at this time. His career started off hot, he was selected No. 1 overall by his hometown team the Chicago Bulls back in 2008. Then, he won Rookie of the Year. He is a former three-time All-Star and is still holds the record of being the youngest player to win the regular season MVP. He won it at only 22 years old.

Rose has not had the career NBA fans expected him to have. With him being tired of being injured and him possibly not even enjoying the game of basketball anymore, Derrick Rose’s career could go down as one of the biggest “What If” careers.

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