Derrick Rose hasn't played basketball since the Saturday exhibition against Brazil. In that game he only played 24 minutes. Since then? He's been out with knee soreness. That makes three days he had to rest after playing 24 minutes of real game action.
Knee soreness kept Derrick Rose out of practice Tuesday, making it the third straight day he has not played any basketball. And that left Team USA officials wondering whether Rose will be capable of handling the rigorous World Cup schedule.
Rose is unlikely to start, a team source told SheridanHoops.com. Kyrie Irving could move into the starting five after playing exceptionally well in a sixth man role Saturday night against Brazil, and the federation was expecting Rose to be able to contribute off the bench. But if his knees remain sore and he does not play, the makeup of the final roster will be much more uncertain than it appeared it would be when this week began. If Rose cannot handle the workload of playing three games in three nights and five games in six nights when pool play begins in Bilbao, Spain, the roster would effectively be reduced to 11 1/2 players.
So there are three interesting things here:
First, Sheridan was fired from ESPN and has been somewhat of a sensationalist since then
It's worth noting the source on this. Chris Sheridan nailed the LeBron thing early, though he may have simply been guessing given the state of his website recently figuring a correct guess pays off and and an incorrect guess won't make things any worse.
He sensationalizes negative news in order to drive clicks on his website all of the time.
I'd question some parts of this story (like Team USA considering not keeping Rose) which seems like he injected his own opinion in such a way to make it sound like a fact because it's pushed in between a couple facts.
However despite the fact that Team USA and Rose both also are downplaying the amount of soreness and whether this is a big deal, they weren't saying anything at first and Sheridan first reported it which is something.
That's lot of knee soreness
It really sounds like he hasn't pushed himself so much in whatever he's doing in the past if in his first game like action of 24 minutes causes him to need three off days. You can push yourself in practice, but whatever he was doing obviously wasn't really simulating game like conditions at all.
This should throw plenty of doubt over how healthy Derrick will be this season. It's probably just a precaution, but I'm sure every guy with a few knee surgeries who went on to have larger problems started those out with just some soreness too.
We're awfully far removed from a surgery that should only take, at most, six months to heal now. It's been around nine. If the ACL is still bothering him then, well, that's scary as hell too. Either way, you'd have hoped you'd be past the point where knee soreness is an issue unless it's going to be a chronic issue [chronic doesn't necessarily mean major though].
Rose is expected to come off the bench tonight because of rule coach K has that if you didn't practice before the game you don't start. The good news is whatever is going on now is minor enough that Rose is still going to play. However, this brings back eerie feelings to last year's preseason when he took a rest day.
It didn't cause an immediate problem, but it also may have been a sign that his knees really weren't strong enough given he eventually tore his meniscus. Another view is he kept trying to play through soreness before and is simply ultra cautious now because of what happened last year.
Everyone seems to be lying about it
No one said he was sitting out with knee soreness, they said Rose was getting a couple of planned rest days.
Maybe it was planned. It was planned the minute he woke up and his knee was sore. If he was planning to rest ahead of time, then it would have been mentioned ahead of time so that people wouldn't freak out when it happened.
Everyone will buy one planned rest day for a guy coming off an injury, so they just made something up. We get to consecutive days off practice (especially following a natural off day), and it's time to tell the truth. Rose rested because he's sore not because there was any planned day.
Rose also has been telling everyone he feels great. Not to call Derrick Rose a liar, but that's clearly not true. If you felt great you wouldn't be missing practice. You might not feel awful, it might not be a big deal, but if you woke up and felt "great", you'd be practicing not taking a rest day.
This is just common sense.
Given that Rose isn't exactly a wordsmith, I'm going to assume Rose is just saying "this isn't a big deal". That I can buy. Maybe it isn't a big deal. Whether it's simply the first sign of a string of knee problems or a completely inconsequential blip on the radar won't be known until we see what happens next.
It's totally reasonable that Rose, pushing himself differently, would get some type of soreness and given his history want a little extra time to be sure. Of course, it's also just as possible that Rose's knees are screwed, and this thing will be an issue all career long.
I'd push this up to about a four of 10. Some knee soreness is expected, but it was knee soreness causing three days off (two missed practices). That seems more significant than his knees recovering from a pounding, especially since he only played 24 minutes.
That said, it was his first real game action, and I do believe your body is pushed differently in real games, so the fact that his knees will be a bit extra sore until his body adjusts is also completely reasonable.
It's not nothing. It raises the caution flag, but it's also not reason to get too doom and gloomy.
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