The burden was always too much on Derrick Rose, and it was his own team, his own bosses, his own town putting it on him. It's not just about this season, but also about an entire generation for a franchise. It's about replacing Michael Jordan in your own hometown.
It's about not getting enough help. As great as Rose is, he's not Michael Jordan, but instead a 6-foot-3 guard. And the Bulls experiment just blew up Saturday.
In Game 1 of the playoffs against Philadelphia, Rose jumped right and then landed, untouched, with the ball. His left knee buckled sideways to the right, a direction a knee is not supposed to bend. He tore the ACL, the main ligament in his left knee, and is out for the season.
With major reconstructive surgery, the defending NBA MVP also is out for the Olympics, and probably for most of next season, too.
In fact, it's scary looking into his future. It would just be sad if injuries affected it, shortened it, ruined it. But he's so aggressi...