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Derrick Rose: ''the closest to death I've got to right there'' - Aug 16, 2012


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Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) says finding out he had a torn ACL was like death. The Chicago Bulls' superstar told CSNChicago.com he spent ''the whole time praying'' during the MRI that he wasn't seriously injured even though he heard a pop as he crashed to the court in the playoff opener against the Philadelphia 76ers.

''I remember everything,'' Rose said, ''I remember jumping in the air and coming back down, and just that popping sound, I felt it actually tear when I laid all the way out and it just let go.''

When team physician Dr. Brian Cole confirmed the tear, Rose said, ''I couldn't believe it. That's the closest thing to death, the closest to death I've got to right there, where it just seemed like the wind and everything was taken out (of me).''

Other than a brief YouTube video last month, he had said little publicly since the injury. The interview with CSNChicago.com was conducted last month in Los Angeles, where he was working out at the time, and posted Wednesday.

Chicago was wrapping up a 103-91 victory when Rose's left leg buckled as he came to a jump start in the lane. He still went up again and passed to Carlos Boozer before crashing to the court, sending a chill through the arena.

Rose's injury dashed the Bulls' championship hopes after they captured home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, and with Joakim Noah spraining his left ankle later in the series, Chicago bowed out in the first round.

The torn ACL also put the Bulls in a sort of holding pattern as they wait for their superstar point guard to return to form. Rose is expected to miss most of the season and might not rediscover his old explosive form until the following year, assuming he regains it.

''It's been hard, definitely been hard. But I've been all right,'' Rose told CSNChicago.com. ''The injury could have been way worse. You've got some people that probably feel worse than I am, but I know I'm going to be all right. I believe in God, my spirits are up and I believe in myself, and I know I'm going to be back even stronger.''

Also on Wednesday, Adidas released a one-minute promotional video documenting Rose's recovery and showing him performing various exercises.   




Markelle
Fultz
Philadelphia 76ers select Markelle Fultz No. 1 overall - 4 hours ago
The Philadelphia 76ers selected Washington point guard Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98) with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Fultz, considered the consensus top prospect by most draft outlets, averaged 23.2 points and 5.9 assists in his lone season with the Huskies. Washington has had back-to-back top eight draft choices, with Marquese Chriss going eighth to Phoenix in 2016. Philadelphia acquired the first pick from the Boston Celtics on June 20. The 76ers relinquished the No. 3 overall sel...   [read more]

Jimmy Butler
Chicago Bulls trade Jimmy Butler to Minnesota - 4 hours ago
The long-anticipated reunion between Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) and Tom Thibodeau is on. Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Chicago Bulls had traded three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler and the 16th overall pick Thursday night to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine (6'5''-G-95, college: UCLA), Kris Dunn (6'4''-G-94, college: Providence) and the No. 7 overall pick. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal...   [read more]

Bronson
Koenig
Koenig starts his pro career at Milwaukee Bucks - 3 hours ago
Milwaukee Bucks added to their roster 23-year old guard Bronson Koenig (193-82kg-94). Koenig just graduated from Wisconsin (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 36 games he had 14.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg last season. Koenig helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to All-Big Ten 2nd Team and Big Ten All-Tournament Team. He has never been drafted by the NBA. As mentione...   [read more]


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