Rose out again with freak face injury

The Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose posing for a wefie with Chinese fans during a publicity event in Guangzhou in August. His NBA team have not put a date on the injury-prone guard's return.
The Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose posing for a wefie with Chinese fans during a publicity event in Guangzhou in August. His NBA team have not put a date on the injury-prone guard's return.PHOTO: REUTERS

CHICAGO • Derrick Rose's troubled tenure with the Chicago Bulls took a fresh twist on Tuesday, when he suffered a facial fracture from an accidental elbow during the team's first day of practice.

Rose, who has missed 208 games since the start of 2012, was set to undergo surgery yesterday.

The Bulls do not have a timetable on his return.

"Derrick took an elbow to the face," first-year coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters. "He took a good, hard elbow."

Rose won the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player of the 2010-11 campaign but his career has been hindered by two knee surgeries in two years as well as a host of other ailments.

Since the start of the 2011-12 season, he has played in only 100 regular-season games. The 26-year-old guard missed the entire 2012-13 season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament, then tore the medial meniscus in his right knee in November 2013 and missed the rest of that campaign.

Rose, who missed an extended period of last season due to another knee ailment, also has his problems away from the basketball court.

In August, a civil suit and rape allegation were levelled at him stemming from an alleged incident two years ago. He denied the charges earlier this week when he showed up for the Bulls' media day.

"It's not true. I will be proven innocent," he said. "I feel like I'm on the right track as far as where I want to be at in my life. I feel like when you're that focused, people try to take you down."

His popularity also took a hit a year ago when he said he would not rush back from injuries because he was concerned with life after basketball. There are also rumours of strife between Rose and Chicago's new leading scorer Jimmy Butler.

The Bulls parted ways with coach Tom Thibodeau following their second-round play-off loss in May but the new era has begun with the familiar uncertainty surrounding Rose.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2015, with the headline 'Rose out again with freak face injury'. Print Edition | Subscribe