On Thursday, Derrick Rose made his first media appearance since undergoing surgery to repair his right meniscus — a procedure that, according to the Bulls, would keep Rose out for the season. His every word dripped with a forlorn confidence; while clear that Rose expects to come back to again play high-level basketball, it’s also evident that Rose carries with him the burden of another potential season lost.
“The process of actually dealing with an injury is kind of frustrating at first, knowing I’m going to miss a long period of time,” Rose said, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. ”…I just can’t play the game that I love playing.”