Noah: "I was crippled. It was not a good feeling in March. I wasn’t in a good place physically and mentally. To be here, feeling good and maybe getting a chance to get a couple minutes in the United Center, I’m happy about that."
The game has not been kind to Derrick Rose in his past few seasons.
After a historic MVP campaign that involved a 22 year old Rose leading the Bulls to a lead-leading 62-20 record, the sky was the limit for the young player. That was, until the moment that changed Rose's career. The moment in question was Game 1 of the Bulls' playoff series against the Philadelphia 76'ers in 2012. In their first round series, the Bulls were the heavy favorite being the number one team in the Eastern Concerence. That changed when then Bulls' superstar, Derrick Rose, went down with an injury with just less than a minute to go in a decided victory. The injury was later revealed to be a torn ACL and it cost Rose not only the rest of the playoffs but the entire 2012-13 NBA season as well.
Ever since that injury, Rose's career has been drastically different. Recurring injuries to his knees and multiple surgeries have taken most of the bounce out of the former MVP's game. Rose, once a player considered untradeable by the Chicago Bulls, has now switched teams twice having been traded to the New York Knicks and signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the veterans minimum.
The injuries have not stopped either as 2017-18 has thrown a sprained right ankle and now a bone spur at Derrick Rose who at only 29 was rumored to be considering an early retirement.