INDIANAPOLIS – Derrick Rose turned 25 on Friday, having played precisely as many NBA games as he had on his previous birthday – and, for that matter, for the five months prior to that.
We’ll assume he wished and blew the candles a little more pointedly this time. Rose’s lost, or “gap,” year is set to end Saturday night when the Chicago Bulls’ star point guard plays in an official game – regular season, preseason, postseason, you name it – for the first time since April 28, 2012. That’s the date Rose’s left knee shredded under him in the final minutes of his team’s playoff opener against Philadelphia. That’s the day since Rose, the Bulls, the team’s fans and a lot of non-partisan NBA followers have been holding their collective breath.
When Rose takes his first dribble against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – an October tune-up…
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