Derrick Rose Suffered His 7th Major Setback Since Becoming Youngest MVP in NBA History

In 2011, Derrick Rose became the youngest MVP in NBA history with his hometown Chicago Bulls. He averaged 25.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 7.7 assists during the 2010-11 season and guided the Bulls to the best record in the NBA. Even though Rose and Co. lost to the Miami Heat in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, the sky was the limit for the Windy City Assassin.

Unfortunately for Rose, he has suffered several devastating injuries since winning MVP. The three-time All-Star, who currently plays for the New York Knicks, recently sustained his seventh major setback, and it came at a terrible time for the Knicks.

Derrick Rose underwent ankle surgery

Rose underwent surgery on his right ankle at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Dec. 22. He will be re-evaluated in eight weeks.

Since winning MVP in 2011, Rose has undergone seven surgeries. He’s had four knee surgeries, one eye surgery, one elbow surgery, and now one ankle surgery. Although this ankle surgery is Rose’s first operation since 2018, his body has endured a lot since 2011.

Rose is no longer the superstar he was before his ACL tear. However, he’s arguably the most important player on the Knicks, making his seventh surgery a hard pill to swallow for New York.

Stats show how important Derrick Rose is to Knicks

According to Fred Katz of The Athletic, the Knicks are 12.8 points per 100 possessions better when Rose is on the floor. When the Chicago native is on the court, the Knicks play like the 26-5 Phoenix Suns, and when he’s not, they play like the 12-21 New Orleans Pelicans.

Rose was averaging 12.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists while shooting 44.5% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc, and 96.8% from the free-throw line before going under the knife. He also had a plus-minus of +92, which was No. 1 on the Knicks.

Tom Thibodeau’s group may be in trouble moving forward with Rose out. After all, the Knicks were a below .500 team last season before president Leon Rose acquired Rose from the Detroit Pistons and finished the season as the No. 4 seed in the East, thanks mainly to D-Rose.

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The Knicks were only 11-15 when they acquired Rose from the Pistons. The veteran guard appeared in 35 games with New York and averaged 14.7 points and 4.2 assists. The Knickerbockers went 24-11 after getting Rose and finished the season with a record of 41-31.

In the 2021 playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks, Rose put up 19.4 points and 5.0 assists per game. The Knicks lost the series in five games, but they would have gotten swept if Rose didn’t score 26 points in Game 2 off the bench.

The Knicks will likely falter in the East standings now that Rose is out for the foreseeable future. He’s not an MVP anymore, but Rose is the most impactful player on a Knicks team that has regressed on both sides of the ball this season.

There is some good news for the Knicks. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, there’s optimism Rose’s return from ankle surgery could be closer to a six-week timetable. The one-time All-NBA guard didn’t suffer a new ankle injury. Per Ian Begley of SNY, Rose has been dealing with discomfort in his ankle for several years, and the surgery was an “effort to clean up the nagging issue and avoid any future discomfort/flare-ups.”

Rose has battled back from every injury he’s suffered and is still an explosive scorer. While it’s tough to see him get a seventh surgery, history has shown that Rose will bounce back from this. However, his return may be too late to save the Knicks again.