After playing just 100 games in four years, former NBA MVP Derrick Rose was by all accounts “ready [for the season] after a strong summer of work.” But the unlucky injury star that Derrick Rose was apparently born under continues to twinkle, twinkle on him. The Bulls just reported that Rose will require surgery for an eye injury he suffered at practice — a “left orbital fracture.”
The words “Rose” and “fracture” in the same sentence are so common and lamented by Bulls fans that the world “orbital” comes almost as a relief. At least it’s not his legs again. The orbital fracture is not uncommon in basketball, afflicting players in every position from the late great Moses Malone to Rip Hamilton. It’s common for players to return from it wearing a mask on the face — and to have no trouble recovering. The injury does share a trait with repeated frustration: both tend to produce tears. It’s unclear when Rose will return.