(Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Unfortunately, the above headline is not a joke.

Derrick Rose left Friday night’s 98-95 loss against the Portland Trail Blazers in the third quarter with an apparent right knee injury that has many Bulls officials worried.

The injury was a non-contact injury which is typically not a great sign to begin with. His knee appeared to bend at an awkward angle once, and then again as he turns to head back down the court. The problem does not look visually as bad as when he first tore his knee two postseasons ago, but you can see he is clearly frustrated when he sits down on the bench.

According to ESPN.com, Rose is scheduled to have an MRI in Los Angeles.

It’s hard to make out what he says, but the gist of it seems to be that he can’t get any push off on his knee.  However, that hasn’t stopped some from speculating based on inside knowledge which we can only hope is not true for the sake of Derrick Rose, the Bulls and basketball as a whole.

For the game, Rose scored 20 points, had five rebounds and three assists. With this latest setback for the 2011 NBA MVP, many fans cannot help but wonder, did Rose return too soon?


-Alon Fishman



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