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Derrick Rose

Gary Dineen


INJURY: After sportscasters gave Rose a hard time for some rough games, it was confirmed via a MRM test that the point guard was off-kilter because of a torn meniscus in his right knee.

A torn meniscus is not that uncommon as an athlete, and is one of the less complicated injuries to explain. It is when the meniscus, or menisci (in plural), has been twisted or over-stretched abruptly, resulting in breakage. The meniscus is a rubber-like, C-shaped cartilage that resides on the sides of the bones that make up the knee. What happened to Rose was that when his cartilage tore, the broken pieces entered the actual joint area of the leg, causing the knee to move incorrectly and eventually become stiff.

To fix it, as this also happens in everyday instances as getting in and out of a car or lifting a box, the torn pieces have to be surgically removed. After that, it’s recommended to practice quadriceps exercises, to strengthen the knee back.

WHAT THIS MEANS: Rose just had an injury this last November in the same knee, so news of a second one was disappointing to the sports world. He likely won’t return in time for the end of the season and will be back and ready to play come fall.

CAREER: Rose was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1988. He was a University of Memphis undergrad, with only one year of playing in the NCAA Championships before being drafted by the NBA in 2008. His nascent in basketball is impressive as he won Rookie of the Year in 2008, is a 3-time All-Star and at 22-years-old, became the youngest NBA MVP, in 2011. So far in his career, he’s only played for his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls.

FUN FACT: He has a baby boy named after him, Derrick, Jr.

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