The news hit the NBA hard Saturday when it came out that Derrick Rose would miss the remainder of the Playoffs with a torn ACL. It put a big damper on what is supposed to be one of the banner weekends on the NBA calendar.
The talking heads sought a reason why this would happen to the NBA’s MVP. Could it have been Chicago’s fault for rushing him back too quickly from injury? Could it have been Tom Thibodeau’s fault for leaving Rose in late during a blowout? Could it have been the NBA’s fault for creating a compressed schedule that wore down some of its biggest stars and led to a mad rush of injuries to previous iron men of the league?
The reasons probably do not matter much. ACL tears can happen randomly and there may have been nothing anyone could have done to prevent it.
What has emerged though is collective grief from the NBA community — teammates, opponents and fans — that this injury (and then the one to Iman Shumpert later in the day) happened and robbed the league of one of its brightest stars.
And there was quite an outpouring of support and well wishes for Rose in the immediate aftermath of the news’ release.
“It’s very unfortunate,” Dwyane Wade told Chris Tommasson of Fox Sports Florida after Miami’s victory in Game 1. “When I heard about it, actually during the game, I said a prayer for him and his family. You never want to see anyone get injured, especially a player his caliber. Very unfortunate. The only thing you hope is he’ll do his best to rehab and get back to being the D-Rose that everyone loves.”
LeBron James offered his thoughts too saying the situation was unfortunate. But he and Wade obviously have their focus squarely on the Knicks at the moment.
Several other NBA players took to Twitter to express their thoughts for Derrick Rose, including Ricky Rubio who is rehabbing from his own ACL tear from early March.
If one good things has come out of this, it is that the NBA knows how to band together as a family.