The NBA Playoffs got off to an unfortunate start this weekend with major injuries to key players, including a torn ACL for last year’s MVP.
superstar point guard
suffered a season-ending injury with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter of Game 1 against the
I hate to be cold-blooded, but if the Bulls were a smart organization they would trade Rose immediately this off-season.
Let's dispatch with a few obvious points before we get into the meat of this very unpopular opinion. First of all, even though the Bulls had the game in hand and Rose probably should have been on the bench, this injury was going to happen sooner or later. The play on which he received the injury wasn't even close to as high-impact as Rose typically finds himself entangle in. There's obviously no way to prove that such an injury was inevitable, but I feel like most basketball fans would agree.
Secondly, without Rose the Bulls stand no chance of winning a title, virtually no chance of defeating the Miami Heat in the likely conference finals match-up, and may have difficulty with either Boston or Atlanta in the second round. Though the supporting cast acquitted itself admirably in the mutant regular season, there’s just no way Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, and
Which brings me to Rose. After a tortuous season of leg injuries ranging from
The best-case scenario is more likely, though, which would be that he returns next season and is more or less the same player. Even in this case, though, he's a young, high-impact player, taking hits, bumps, and falls every single game he plays. His body takes enormous amounts of abuse in a sport that already tends to punish its most aggressive talents. How long will his shelf life be? No one knows, but his career could very easily turn into a series of injuries, major and minor, from which fans await his return in perpetuity.
What I’m saying is any way you cut it, there’s uncertainty surrounding Rose. What there is no uncertainty about is his trade value. You don’t think Miami, should they come up short this year, would entertain a Wade for Rose scenario? What about Orlando and the ever-grumpy