by Carlos Nazario
He has also battled injuries. He missed 5 games due to a toe injury, and now missed the last two games because of a back injury.
This latest injury is something that may cause the Chicago Bulls some concern.
The Bulls have just finished a nine game in fourteen days road trip and apparently Rose has had the back discomfort throughout the trip. “It’s been hurting the whole trip. I just played through it. It tended to get worse after every game. I was really worried about it. But I’m trying to stay positive. I don’t know what the diagnosis is. I just know my back is not right.”
I was really worried about it? Throughout his previous injury, Rose has said everything was okay and that he just needed some time. There was never a mention of “being worried.”
Rose continued on, and it sounded scarier: “It just came from out of nowhere. That’s the scary thing about it. I could barely walk (after New Orleans). It’s killing me not being able to play, especially this game, or when I do play my minutes are definitely down. Hopefully, I’ll get treatments and it calms down. If not, I’ll take my time.”
Coach Tom Thibodeau chimed in on the issue. “It’s not cleared up as much as we would like. He still has a little bit of stiffness. You’re always concerned. It’s something he has had before. We’re hopeful it gets cleared up shortly, but we want to make sure. Backs are tricky.”
Thibodeau is notorious for pushing his players. He has them playing late in games, even when the Bulls are blowing out their opponents. How will he handle his superstar MVP through an apparent serious injury? Back issues are serious. When most athletes have a back injury, it lingers throughout their career. Also, could it be that Thibodeau’s pushing aggravated the injury?
Rose is scheduled to see a back specialist. Bulls fans hope this does not turn out to be of a too serious nature and Rose can get back on the court and lead the Bulls to the promised land. If not, this shortened season may be a long, miserable one.