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Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 9:35 am  |  33 responses

Derrick Rose: Knee Injury Was ‘Closest Thing To Death’


In an exclusive, uncut interview with SLAMonline, CSNChicago’s Aggrey Sam sat down with Bulls star Derrick Rose, and the two spoke on a number of topics—Rose’s offseason routine, the physical and emotional toll from his devastating knee injury, Chicago’s recent acquisitions, his goals and expectations for next season, and much more. One particularly interesting tidbit from their conversation was that Rose, who’s overcome a lot of adversity throughout his life, said the knee injury was the hardest thing he’s ever had to deal with, by far. In fact, when the injury occurred, Rose says it seemed like his world was ending.

“Dr. [Brian] Cole, the Bulls doctor [who also performed the subsequent surgery], came up to me and told me it was torn. I couldn’t believe it. That’s the closest thing to death, the closest to death I’ve got to right there, where it just seemed like the wind and everything was taken out [of me],” Rose said. But as he related to his legion of admirers back in July, Rose is doing just fine, as his older brother, Reggie, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and others have repeatedly said. “I’m good, man. I definitely haven’t been out like that, but I’m doing fine, just trying to stay positive, keep everything normal. The injury could have been way worse. You’ve got some people that probably feel worse than I am, but I know I’m going to be all right. I believe in God, my spirits are up and I believe in myself, and I know I’m going to be back even stronger.”

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  • Rodger Bohn

    Just wait Derrick. Wait until you are about 50 years old and you realize that you were brought up in Chicago public schools, cheated on your SAT, went to Memphis and took 2-3 classes, then did really well in the NBA for a few years and have to live the rest of your life based on what you could do athletically in your teens and (so far) 20′s. Its like being Paul McCartney. Yes, he’s “Paul McCartney, but he hasn’t been able to really grow as a musician in 50 years b/c all anyone wants to hear him play are Beatles’ songs. I wish our young brothers would educate themselves instead of just being a slave to some $. But..you know..

  • Skrill

    How about he loves the game…you sound like the guy who wants to regulate NFL because its violent get a grip

  • billups

    hater juice drippin

  • jayrose

    @Rodger are you serious? Get out of here with that crap. The man wants to ball and wants to win period! Not once has he mentioned how much money he’s getting. He has a passion for basketball unlike others who just want to have fame and fortune while playing basketball. He doesn’t like to be in the spotlight and keeps his life very secretive. I have nothing but repect for this man and I wish him the best to get to the court and win a ring.

  • Cameron

    @Rodger Bohn, that’s kinda a dumb comparison considering Paul McCartney was in the greatest band of all-time and DRose will never have as much money as McCartney either. He’s had some successful solo albums too.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    @ everyone else except Rodger, The Hate is Strong With This One Fellas! LOL! In all seriousness D-Rose just has a passion and love for the game. @Rodger, Think about the time your first ever girlfriend left you. Remember that feeling? That’s how D Rose felt when he hurt his knee. This is what he does! This is his passion and love. When that’s taken away in an instant, how else are you supposed to feel? D Rose will be fine in his 50s as he will be after this injury. Dude survived the west side of the Chi… He’ll be fine!

  • hushabomb

    @RodgerBohn. I guess with all the money he’s making, he can now go back to school with a fat wallet. If someone offers you a boatload of money to do what you love doing, I’d guess ya wouldn’t take it? So DRose must be stupid for leaving school to get a rookie contract and also be even more foolish to earn a max contract.

  • pposse

    he is even more foolish to ink a 250 million dollar lifetime contract with addidas

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danpowers

    a knee injury is the clothest thing to death? well, he should talk to some iraq- or afghanistan vets about that lol

  • fruizm

    @Rodger…HAHAHAHA WOW!

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    A little dramatic to me but glad to hear he’s recovering ahead of schedule. Special player and very exciting to watch can’t wait until he’s back. Although I don’t see what Rodger’s point was on this thread but he does have a point in his last statement.

  • http://Slamonline.com John

    Here’s a thought you can take to the bank – “You never want to be so poor that all you have is money.”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Drama queen on full display.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    Damn, haterade on tap this morning.
    Man can’t even express how he feel without being criticized.
    Oh well, y’all do you.

  • mask

    it was the playoffs. he was last years MVP. they had the best record in the league i think, and people were even saying he was the best point in the league and they were a favorite to win the title. Then your knee gets jacked and your out for a solid year at the least. your team is knocked out of the playoffs and your in a wheelchair. BUMMER. nobody knows what death feels like until it actually happens but I can beleive he felt like dyin.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Man, Derrick Rose, Adrian Peterson(NFL), and GSP(MMA), 3 of the most explosive athletes in 3 of the most physically demanding sports of our time all tearing their ACLs in the same year. Hope all recover fully from this devasting injury. But hey, if the indestructible gladiator better known as Drizzy Drake can come back from tearing his ACL while performing the cellblock anthem “Best I Ever Had”, anything can happen . . .

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    lol at Eboy’s ridiculous comment

  • http://Slamonline.com Justin

    @Da-Meat-Hook: haha man you had me cryin’ on that one! Haven’t heard the term “cell block anthem” in a while. I’m literally wiping up coffee. Drake. Nicki. Weezy. Kanye and Kim. Beiber. Twitter. The birds had the flu. Gas is $5.00 a gallon 2 blocks from the White House. What in the world is going on??

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    How many of us have been NBA MVP on the best regular season team in the league with a chance to make it back to the ECF and possibly the NBA Finals? How many of us have torn our ACL in the first game of the playoffs leaving the team we play for with no shot to even make it out of the 1st round? We don’t know how that man felt so all we can do is listen to him. Some folks make me laugh. One drive to the basket led to the Bulls going from contenders to gutting one of the best benches in basketball.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    I once had an asthma attack while playing basketball. If I wasn’t close to the hospital I probably would have died. So I’m probably not going to have much sympathy for a guy who makes millions to put a ball through the hoop and has an injury. Not being cold but someone always has it worse than you.

  • http://slamonline.com Nella

    @ Rodger: Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Drawing an analogy between Derrick Rose and Paul McCartney, while hating on both. That HAS to be a first.

  • LA Huey

    I think it’s pretty dramatic but I wouldn’t crap on him about it. People complain so much that pro athletes play just for money and this guy’s (with guaranteed hundreds of millions coming his way) being belittled because he was distraught that he won’t be able to hoop again?

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    I understand what he’s saying. Basketball is his life im sure it would kill him if that got taken away.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chinese Oppenheimer

    Children use the term ‘hate’ when someone is pointing out that a basketball career in jeporday is not comparable to near death. It’s not. I don’t care how much you love a sport. Watching my friend die from being impaled by a pole through our windshield was not the same as what Rose went through. Sorry. It’s not even close to losing a sick grandparent. FOH if you haven’t lived life enough to understand.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Watch the whole interview and you’ll hear him say that it could have been worse. Easy to do. Just watch the interview. He has the right perspective. His career is basketball. He’s not overreacting. It’s how he felt. Either you try to understand or you don’t. No need to bring in things that are more serious than a basketball injury because this is only about a basketball injury. I’m sure Derrick himself has been through things that are worse than this injury in his life. Or do people forget where he grew up and what went on there and what’s still going on there?

  • pposse

    ^ cosign: the actual interview was 18 mins and Slam has it on the website like two articles underneath this one. I have no idea why slame would take a small tid bit of the actual interview and try to blow it up. Did you guy ever here of metaphors and similes? I don’t think he meant for everyone to take it literally.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Welcome to Slam pose, they do this on the regular. They just want more hits and comments.

  • bike

    He should head over to Germany and try that cayenne pepper enema treatment. It supposedly increases blood flow to the knee and promotes healing.

  • robb

    Rodger Bohn gets the dumbest comment of the day award.

  • LA Huey

    BAMN, kinda has it right. This is through the context of basketball. Like I said, he was being dramatic but no moreso than several terms and sayings we use in sports: “sudden death”, “it’s going to be a battle”, “he’s a warrior”, etc

  • bdogg

    i hope he can come back 100% not sure it will be in the 12-13 season thou!

  • ShawnD

    Anyone who thinks Derrick Rose is being dramatic has never played sports enough to know how much having it taken away from you feels like death. It is your identity, your passion. For someone as great as Rose, to know that you might lose it due to injury—I can totally understand why he feels the way he does.

  • Cameron

    @KHOLIDAY. I wasn’t hating on DRose at all, I like DRose. I was just simply saying his comparison was dumb.

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