Derrick Rose Should Retire

At one point in his career, Derrick Rose was one of the most exciting young players in the NBA. He won Rookie of the Year in 2009 and the league MVP at just 22 years old (youngest ever) in 2011. There was something about D-Rose that just felt different. It was like we were watching one of the greats be born into the league right before our eyes.

But multiple knee surgeries and off-court issues have turned a guy, who at one point had hall of fame potential, into nothing more than a shell of himself. And now we have this:

Last year with the Knicks was one of Rose’s most impressive seasons in quite some time, averaging 18 PPG for the first time since 2011. After tearing his meniscus and going through a fourth knee surgery this summer, he signed with the Cavs in hopes that he could build off of a bounce back year with LeBron James. But now that seems very unrealistic after going down yet again.

Since tearing his ACL for the first time back in 2012 he just hasn’t been the same player. We’ve seen small glimpses of hope since, but all of it has been immediately wiped away with more injuries.

Penny Hardaway & Brandon Roy are two of the biggest injury tragedies in NBA history. You can officially add Rose to the list. If he’s smart, he would step away from the game now. There’s no point to try and come back again with the risk of potentially hurting yourself even more. The guy who’s playing right now is nowhere near what he used to be. It’s sad to say, but hopefully we’ve seen the last of D-Rose in the NBA.

Written By: Nick Cherico (@NickCherico2)

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