February 26, 2015 – 12:25 am
Maybe there was an alien abduction. Maybe I’m finally maturing into a rational adult. Or maybe the reality simply hasn’t hit me yet. But for whatever reason, I’m still not freaking out over the major injuries suffered by the two faces of Chicago’s winter franchises on the same night. If anything, the loss of Derrick Rose and Patrick Kane has made me thankful for the few good things that have occurred in the history of Chicago sports.
Yes, Rose is facing his third straight season-ending knee injury. His absence makes it virtually impossible for the Bulls to compete for the NBA title, though his teammates have grown accustomed enough to playing without him that the team will still likely reach the second round of the playoffs and could possibly even sneak all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals if everything falls the right way.
But it could be worse. Perpetually injured stars mark the entire existence of the Portland Trail Blazers. Bill Walton’s injuries prevented Portland from turning its 1977 title into a dynasty. Brandon Roy, a point guard with a career path very similar to that of Rose, had to retire early because of chronic injuries. Greg Oden, rightfully picked first over Kevin Durant based on what we knew at the time, ended up being made out of porcelain. And then there’s the 1984 NBA Draft.
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