Derrick Rose is out for the year after knee surgery Monday. PHOTO: nikk_la, CC License
Derrick Rose will spend his second consecutive season being a Chicago Bulls spectator, not a player, after surgery on his right knee ended his year Monday.
The news is awful for Rose, the Bulls and basketball fans in general. We're all missing the opportunity to appreciate one of the elite basketball players on the planet in his prime, and with season-ending injuries to both knees, Rose might never regain his MVP-form.
After a short period of mourning, the Bulls front office quickly needs to make difficult decisions. Without Rose, the Bulls have exactly zero percent chance of winning the title. Though the Bulls proved they could be competitive without Rose last year, Miami and Indiana are way too talented for a Rose-less Bulls team in a playoff series.
Still, if they want to, the Bulls are strong enough to make the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference. But what would be the point? If the objective for a NBA team is to win the championship, what good is it to fight for a playoff spot just to lose in the first or second round?
But if the Bulls go the other way, and trade away some assets other teams would be interested in -- Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng -- they could start losing in bunches and it might actually be good thing.
That's because the 2014 NBA Draft class is expected to be the strongest in decades. College freshmen Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Jabari Parker and Aaron Gordon are all projected to be All-Stars and if teamed up with Rose and Joakim Noah, the Bulls could be serious title contenders next season.
It will be painful in the short-term, but if the Bulls want to win a title, they need to do a lot of losing this season.