During the Bulls practice on Tuesday, September 29th, Rose was elbowed in the face and suffered a left orbital fracture in his face. He is scheduled to have surgery to repair the fracture on Wednesday at Rush University Medical Hospital in Chicago. After which, a timetable will be set for his return.
This is news that Chicago Bulls fans, and quite frankly fans of the entire NBA, have sadly heard too many times over the past couple years. This injury for Rose is only the latest in an almost constant string of injuries dating back to the 2011-2012 NBA season. And while this latest injury isn’t exactly good news, there are still some reasons for optimism.
According to K.C Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, there is an optimism around the Chicago Bulls that Rose will be ready to play on opening night against the Cavaliers. Many NBA players like Russell Westbrook, Mike Conley, and Victor Oladipo have all come back from a similar injury in relatively short periods of time. Westbrook (who immediately followed coming back from the same injury with his incredible string of triple-double) came back after only a few days; Conley returned after two weeks, and Oladipo came back after about a month. Each of these comparisons gives Rose the timetable to return right before the regular season begins. So don’t get me wrong, while I would love to see Rose face off against Lebron in one of those terrifying, black, protective face masks (see Lebron James and Kyrie Irving), he might just be able to return and heal before that game even begins.
Even while there is optimism for an early return, there is still the (however likely) chance that Rose won’t be ready for the season opener. Which in that case, I believe that the rest of the Bulls team, like so many times before, will perform strong enough until the former MVP returns. Where he can hopefully lead them to their 7th NBA championship.
- Jack Jarvis