Derrick Rose Lighting the Way for Paul George Comeback

By Erik Lambert

Nov 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) drives past Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Concern hover over whether All-Star forward Paul George can return 100% from his leg injury.  Luckily, Derrick Rose has already lit the way.

Rose putting NBA and Chicago Bulls on notice with Team USA showing

If anybody knows about going through injury adversity, it’s Derrick Rose.  The former league MVP watched his championship hopes get dashed in 2012 when he tore his ACL in the playoff opener against Philadelphia.  Then after returning to the Chicago Bulls last year, it started all over again when he tore the meniscus in his other knee.  Such setbacks have killed the careers of many NBA players.  Instead Rose has used it as fuel to better himself as a player, and it’s showing in his latest comeback attempt, this time for Team USA in the World Cup.  Against Brazil in Chicago, he produced some highlight reel plays that signaled his knees were not only healthy but his game was reaching its customary All-Star level.

George in the right mindset for a full recovery

That has to encourage Paul George.  Memories of his horrific leg injury are still fresh and continue to raise questions about how a man can possibly walk again, let alone play pro basketball.  Seeing D-Rose do his thing has to offer encouragement.  The good news is George himself has displayed the proper mindset.  He doesn’t think about the injury and prefers to take his recovery one day and a time.  Most importantly, he’s focused on working.  That, more than anything, is what it will take to get back to full strength.  Derrick Rose proved that much.

If his chief rival in Chicago can do it, then George believes he can too.