Volume 31



What Derrick Rose Could Have Been

In 2012, Derrick Rose was at the top of the NBA world. He went from becoming and All American in College, to being drafted first overall by his hometown team, and then all out delete “all out” dominating when he first got to the NBA. He was the youngest MVP in NBA history in the 2010-11 season and he delete “he” lead the Chicago Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals, for the first time since the Michael Jordan Era. With arguably the fastest top speed in the game, combined with insane athleticism and hops, there was really nothing defenders could do to stop him. Rose was unstoppable, and he was only at 22, he was only supposed to get better. Replace with: Rose was unstoppable, and at the young age of 22, he was only supposed to get better.

After a very delete very strong 2011-12 season, Rose came into the playoffs hot. In the first game against the Philadelphia Sixers, Rose went up for a layup, something he had done thousands of times before. Yet this time, he fell weirdly, and landed with an ACL tear Replace with: tore his ACL during his landing.

Since the injury, Rose has just delete “just” never been the same. He used to dominate with his speed, explosiveness, and his ability to seemingly fly through the air. Now, he struggles to hit his top speed gear, and even when he is at top speed it is not at the same level as what it used to be.

Rose then played 4 more seasons with the bulls Bulls has a capital B, and while he was decent he was never an All-Star and the scoring threat that he once was. That sentence was clunky, try to re-word. Since his initial injury in the 2012 Playoffs, Rose has had 4 other injuries. After a short lived return in 2013, he got injured again, then again in 2014, and then again in 2015. replace with he injured himself again in 2013, 2014, and 2015. maybe specify the injuries He then quickly delete “quickly” went to the New York Knicks, and delete “and”shortly after the Cleveland Cavaliers. And while there have been some flashes of brilliance since Rose’s injury, he has never been able to reach the level of dominance he once had.

Derrick Roses’ story is one that truly shows how life is unfair. Rose was at the top of the game at age 22 at had barely started his prime years. It was in the first game of the 2012 playoffs when Rose got injured. Let’s pretend this didn’t happen. What would his legacy have been and still be if he did not get hurt in Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia Sixers? Clunky sentence – break it up. Also avoid asking questions.

Assuming Rose did not get hurt, his supposed prime would be approaching. Rose was 22 when he got hurt, just at the beginning of his athletic prime. you’ve already said this many times. avoid being repetitive. According to ESPN’s John Brenkus, on average, an athlete’s prime lasts from around age 22-29 for males. provide a quote If this data held true for Rose, he would have around 7 years of his prime left. This is scary to think about with a player like Rose. Taking into account that his speed and athleticism was enough for him to become the youngest MVP in league history, while only shooting 40% from the field and 20% from behind the three point arc. That’s not a full sentence. With practice and more time in the league, if it replace with “it is” safe to assume that he would have become a better shooter. Combining his freakish athleticism with an improved shoot and basketball iq IQ, there would be no stopping Rose. He would have turned into an unstoppable force that would tear through the league for probably delete “probably” years to come.

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