Derrick Rose Could Miss Time With Face Fracture
The Chicago Bulls gear up for the 2015-16 NBA season in early October, as NBA preseason action gets underway and at the end of the month the regular season tips off.
Things aren’t starting they way Chicago may have hoped. After learning about small forward Mike Dunleavy’s back surgery just this weekend, the Bulls now learned that star point guard Derrick Rose will miss some time due to a facial fracture he sustained in Chicago’s first team practice.
Bulls say Rose suffered a left orbital fracture that will require surgery tomorrow. Timetable for return will be set then.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) September 29, 2015
It’s not a crippling injury like the knee issues Rose has dealt with over the past few years, but it’s still a bad omen for a player that has struggled to stay healthy. This adds to Rose’s ongoing legal issue away from the court, which is starting to hang like a dark cloud over the franchise.
This shouldn’t be a long-term injury that keeps Rose out for months, but it’s unclear the exact severity of the injury and how long Rose could be out. Fellow point guards Mike Conley and Russell Westbrook sustained similar orbital fractures and returned rather quickly, although Westbrook only ended up missing one game and Conley missed a few and was somewhat limited upon his return.
If Rose’s injury was more severe, he could face a long recovery time and be at risk of missing some regular season games. The odds are against that with the season almost a full month away still, however, so Bulls fans shouldn’t fret just yet.
No injury should be taken lightly, but Rose hypothetically should be fine for the start of the regular season, which shouldn’t shift how NBA bettors view the Bulls on a daily or season-long basis. Chicago remains a legit playoff contender with the necessary pieces to potentially make a title run. Of course, that is if their best player, Derrick Rose, is healthy and free of distractions.
In the event Rose does miss time to start the regular season, Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol would shoulder most of the offense, while Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks would chip in and rotate together at the point guard position.
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