Back Spasms For the Bulls!
Let’s be honest, whenever the subject of the NBA even comes up, the Chicago Bulls are still the name on everyone’s lips. Perhaps it’s because of the Michael Jordan reign that is still has prevalent in people’s minds today as it was back then, but the Bulls are one of the scrappiest and most well-known teams the NBA has ever had.
Which means, that recently there have been some seriously major concerns when it comes to the season. It’s one thing for, say, a player to get a sprained ankle or a hurt wrist and be out for a few games. Every fan in the world expects that to occur every season, but for the Bulls point guard, Derrick Rose, his particular issue has not only gotten fans worried and the team worried, but even he can not figure out what the heck is going on.
Suffering from back spasms, of all things, Rose is still trying to figure out what is hindering him. After the Bulls loss to the Celtics, with Rose ‘sitting it out,’ he spoke to the Sporting News and admitted that he had never experienced back spasms quite like this before and, what’s even more disheartening, is the fact that he has no idea how or why they started in the first place. The Bulls are as up in the air as their player, wondering how exactly Derrick Rose’s recent back spasms will affect him and their game the rest of the season. The only thing the player does seem to know as an absolute, is the fact that the back issue is completely unrelated to the toe problem that kept him on the bench in January.
The immediate plan is for Rose to see a specialist today upon the team’s return to Chicago. Nursing his injury over the past week, Rose netted only eleven minutes in the Bulls’ win over the Nets, as well as twenty-two minutes in the win versus New Orleans. Friday’s game against Charlotte and Sunday’s loss to Boston was ‘on the bench only.’ Now Bulls coach, Tom Thibodeau, has said that Rose had some back issues extending all the way back to high school, but the team wants to do absolutely nothing but tread carefully and use extreme caution when it comes to this particular area.
The coach commented that: “You’re always concerned because backs are tricky. That’s why he’s going to see a specialist.” Backs are tricky, to say the least, and that’s why this could very well have catastrophic events in the long run for the Chicago Bulls. Needing Rose is an understatement, so not having a clue as to when Rose will feel better, or whether he will be 100% percent in time for the playoffs, is a bit disconcerting. Yes, the Bulls have played well in Rose’s absence, but with the loss to the Celtics they have dropped to 5-2 without him.
As always, and just as it has been since the reign of Jordan and the famous Bulls’ teams of the past, this current group of men is gunning for the championship – not second place. They want nothing more than to increase what they did last year, when they took a journey to the Eastern Conference finals with happiness and hope – only to be thrown back out by Miami.
Plans are very obvious, and the looks on everyone’s faces are as well. Rose is a ‘key’ that the Bulls need in order to make their ‘stand’ in the NBA this year, but his scoring has dropped from 25 to 22 points since these back spasms have come along, and his three-point shooting has dropped as well. Add to that the fact that shooting guard, Richard Hamilton, is being plagued by a groin injury – and you have some truly major difficulties for Chicago.
Am I saying it’s all over? Not at all. This is still the Bulls, and in the short-term world of play they are 23-7 and have played twenty of those games on the road, even though Carlos Boozer has been the only starter to play in all thirty games. And even though they lost to Boston, it was the last game of a rough nine-game road trip that saw them go back to Chicago with a very good 6-3 finish.
As I’ve stated before, this is a team that has an actual pinnacle of success legendary history that they need and want to live up to. High standards is something the Bulls strive for, and in order to find and maintain them, the Bulls are going to need a different look. The offensive positions will need to be filled, and piece by piece the coach will have to begin blueprinting a season that is more than possible.
Rose, of course, is the one who is most unhappy about all of this. In fact, he said that: “The first time I remember it happening was in high school. I didn’t have it in college. My first couple of years in the NBA I didn’t have it, then all of a sudden, it has happened now. Hopefully, we’ll meet with some people and try to figure something out.”
Now perhaps this will all come to a nice, happy conclusion for Chicago fans, but they should still be reveling in the fact that their Bulls did bring home six wins and they’re certainly not throwing in the towel.
The Bulls still have the best record in the Eastern Conference and, most importantly, have completed the toughest stretch of their schedule already. They’ve played seven games without Rose -the NBA’s MVP – and another nineteen without Hamilton. So, yes, the Bulls have proven they’re a very good team, but are they good enough to go all the way?
Perhaps the legends from history can come back on the court and help this team out – get the Bulls back into the limelight – exactly where they should be!