The Chicago Bulls' season went up in smoke when Derrick Rose collapsed to the ground at the end of Game One, the very first playoff of the entire season, with a torn ACL. Chicago was game, but hardly the top seed in the East without its spark plug in Rose. No one could carry the offensive load and the 76ers advanced.
ACLs are not the devastating injuries they used to be, but it still takes a while for players to recover, rehabilitate and return to full form.
While Derrick Rose may be progressing in his recovery and rehabilitation nicely, there are still rumors and reports circulating that Rose could miss the entire 2013 season, if not just a huge chunk of it. Rose already had a tough time staying healthy in 2012, playing in only 39 of the team's 66 regular season games (this after missing only six games total in his three previous years).
While the Bulls still have a talented roster, especially on the defensive end, nobody expects them to be able to weather a full season ...