A little more than seven minutes into Tuesday night’s Blackhawks game, Patrick Kane was shoved awkwardly into the boards. He was slow to get up, and when he did rise he was holding his left arm. The league’s leading point producer went straight to the dressing room and did not return to the game.
As the second period of the Hawks game was coming to a close, the Chicago Bulls sent a release out that is absolutely devastating. An MRI confirmed a medial meniscus tear of the right knee of Derrick Rose. They are scheduling surgery, and have no timetable for a return.
The Blackhawks and Bulls have both been lackluster teams over the last month, but they each have rosters built to win a championship this season. Sure, there are areas that could be better (I’m staring at the Blackhawks’ blue line specifically), but the fact remains that both teams have been far from their best lately and are still comfortably in the playoffs.
For Rose, the news is heart wrenching. From being named the youngest Most Valuable Player in NBA history, he has become this generation’s Gale Sayers. He was so good so fast, and there was so much hope… and his legs failed him. Like many have tweeted, reading this news tonight made me sick.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville would only say that Kane will miss some time after Tuesday’s game; he will be re-evaluated before the team leaves to play the Panthers in Florida on Thursday. Q did not rule out bringing a player up from Rockford, however, and the Hawks will need another body if Kane misses any time at all. In recent weeks, Kane had been playing heavier minutes and had carried the team offensively through some tough stretches this season.
The NHL’s trade deadline is Monday afternoon, and the results of an x-ray and/or MRI of Kane’s shoulder and/or wrist may force GM Stan Bowman to be more active than he had planned. Hopefully the prognosis for the Hawks’ superstar is better than what we’ve learned about the Bulls point guard.
If there was a worst imaginable scenario for Chicago sports fans, Tuesday night may have been it.
Pass the scotch…