Health is wealth and this is exactly very true to athletes in all events. Players on different fields are considered very lucky especially for those of 5 star quality since they receive huge pays plus many perks. And when bad luck happen most notably through injury, that's the worse that any player also could imagine.
This is the story of the very talented Derrick Rose. He was awarded the prestigious Rookie of the Year award while playing for the Chicago Bulls and he also had the record of the youngest ever player to win the NBA MVP award. But who is Derrick Rose?
He was born on Oct. 4, 1988 in Chicago. While he and his three siblings were raised only by his mother, Derrick started to develop his likings to basketball through the influence of his brothers. He studied at Simeon Career Academy. And on his first year playing for their basketball team, he averaged 18.5 points thus resulting on him helping the team to have a 24-1 record. 2006-2007, he led the team to 2 championships and he was chosen as Illinois Mister Basketball.
After high school , he received a scholarship from University of Memphis and he joined the basketball team wherein they had the record of winning 26 straight games. Due to his contributions, they reached the championship but lost to Kansas. After the season, he decided to join the NBA draft and fortunately, he was picked in the first round by the Chicago Bulls. On his rookie year, he averaged 17 points and 6.3 assists. On this first year, they reached the playoff but lost to the defending champion -the Boston Celtics. Though they lost, he attracted the attention of so many basketball fans since he equalled the record of Kareem Abdul Jabaar on getting the most points on a playoff game.
Due to this enormous contributions, he won the Rookie of the Year Award. On 2009-2010 season his second year in the league, he suffered an ankle injury and he missed months of playing. Luckily in January 2010, he returned to the line-ip averaging 25 points plus 6 assists. On the following season, 2010-2011 season, his big break came when he at 22, dominated the NBA with 25 points plus 7.7 assists average per game helping the Bulls achieved a 62-20 record. As a result, he was chosen as the league's MVP - the youngest player ever to win the prestigious award. on the next season, 2011-2012, Bulls enjoyed the magnificent performance from Rose who averaged 22 points and 6 assists. Thus tye decided to give Rose a 5 year $94 million contract.
However, on April 28, 2012, 1st round of the playoffs and against the Philadelpia Sixers and 12 points ahead, Rose penetrated the hoop and suffered an ACL on his left knee. With that incident, the fans had witnessed Rose's worst injury that destroyed his promising career. Season 2012-2013 came, he didn't play as a result of his injury. On October 5, 2013, Rose came back to the Bulls' line up but after playing for only one month, he suffered another injury. that resulted of him missing playing for the whole season.
2015-2016 season, he played for 66 regular games but unfortunately the team fell short and did not reach the playoff. As a result, he was traded to New York Knick on June 23, 2016. 2016-2017 season, he slowly regained his health but in April 2, 2017, he needed a surgery for his left knee that made him to rest for 8 weeks. Consequently he was not offered another contract. He was traded to Cleveland Cavaliers. On November 7, 2017, he suffered another injury. With this incident, all his previous injuries came back to his mind and he was thinking of retiring from the game definitely. Sad to note though that from 2012-2017, he already suffered 32 injuries. Finally, last February 25, 2022, he underwent another procedure to check his skin infection and due to this, he was ruled out indefinitely.
Knowing all these misfortunes by Derrick Rose, we can all say that indeed, health is wealth however, there also could be times that things will not go smoothly as we want them to be.
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