Bernstein: Rose’s Injury A Big Deal

By Dan Bernstein–

CHICAGO (WSCR) Derrick Rose tears ligaments in his ankle, and fans react afterward as if he came out of the game with a hangnail.

Am I the only person aware of what’s at stake, here?

Look, people, this kid doing what he does – all out, full-power, all the time — is the only thing that keeps the Bulls out of the draft lottery. Even the slightest handicap to his game dramatically alters their chances of winning anything, let alone an NBA title. The spectacular has become routine, and now taken for granted.

Wake up.

Derrick Rose is wearing a walking boot. Oh, but that’s ok, it seems, since it’s just “precautionary.” In that case, I guess everybody should be wearing them on both feet, then, all the time.

The MRI he had yesterday is being described as “negative” in headlines, which is simply not true. At least the Tribune got it mostly right, saying it was “negative for damage beyond a sprain,” which is another way of saying “positive.” The MRI showed the damage to ligaments known as a sprain.

Rose played like a shadow of himself after the injury Saturday, shooting 3-of-16, scoring just eight points, and avoiding his usual array of knife-cut drives, stop-start explosions and flying forays to the rim. You know those things, right? They are what make the Bulls win basketball games.

I thought the first three victories over the Pacers were ample reminders of what Rose is required to do for there to be any real expectations of significant achievement, but apparently not.

He’s it. This one kid is every hope, dream and possibility. He may not be 100% healthy for the rest of the playoffs, now, and he’s pretty much 100% of the Bulls. He is the most indispensable player on any team in the city, with apologies to Jay Cutler, Starlin Castro and Jonathan Toews. No one else is even close in that regard, really.

And he’ll play tomorrow, I have no doubt. His pain threshold is high, and he’s young enough that we can expect sufficient recovery in the short term for him to gut it out, perhaps with some pharmaceutical help. He won’t tell anyone if his game is limited, but we’ll know.

Ankle sprains linger. It will be weeks before Rose is fully healed, and that’s if he doesn’t tweak it again. The playoffs are proving to be a possession-by-possession grind, already, and they have just begun. Formidable opponents await.

The Bulls were an NBA-best 62-20 this season. They are a top seed. They are trying to win a championship, and the most important basketball player here since Michael Jordan just hurt himself badly enough that he clearly couldn’t play at peak efficiency.

I hate feeling like a panic-peddler, but frankly, I’m a little panicked. Rose has to be every bit the MVP for this season to now have more meaning than just a few fun months. A Stacey King description of “too big, too strong, still kinda fast and pretty good” won’t cut it.

Sprained ankles are common, indeed. It’s easy to dismiss their significance and severity as blithely as we do simple bumps and bruises.

But when it happens to Derrick Rose, it doesn’t matter that it’s common.

It matters that it matters.

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Dan Bernstein

Dan Bernstein has been the co-host of “Boers and Bernstein” since 1999. He joined the station as a reporter/anchor in 1995. The Boers and Bernstein Show airs every weekday from 1PM to 6PM on The Score, 670AM. Read more of Bernstein’s blogs here. Follow him on Twitter @dan_bernstein.
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  • Scott

    Hopefully we gut out a win today so he can get some much needed rest.

    • idicula1979

      Joakim Noah was playing sub-par since the last game, but when the team really needed it he steped up, I fully expect the team to rally around their leader.

  • mike in davenport

    I say rest him a game – if the Bulls can somehow pull it out, he gets a good break. If not, it’s still only 3-2.

    • Chris in Scottsdale

      If the Bulls rest Rose, then whom will Jeff Foster hack at? Most of the other guys on the Boo’ will knock his cracker Lethal-Weapon-henchman-lookin’ arse to the floor. His head may a’splode.

  • VeveJones007

    KC Johnson reported that Thibs said the swelling wasn’t too bad yesterday, so hopefully it’s not too bad of a sprain.

  • Mr. Pouty Pants

    I wouldn’t be as concerned if I thought Boozer could play like he did to earn his contract. If he could play anywhere near like he did in Utah, he would dominate the Pacers.

    • AT3374

      Yeah he played so well that Millsap eventually made him expendable

  • Yuck

    Wow, I could’ve sworn the Hawks played the Canucks last night in one of the wildest hockey games of the year. And we’re talking about a walking boot……..

  • E-Town

    yeah, bernstien. your gay. hawks are the only team that matters in this town right now.

  • Hey Cool Breeze

    Talk More Hockey!

    • ed


  • Eric

    You might not want to sound like a panic-peddler, but it reads like you’re peddling panic. You have to understand the precaution of wearing a walking boot on a sprained ankle and why flippantly suggesting everybody wear boots on both feet smacks of lazy sophistry. Everybody’s overprotective during the playoffs. The man could’ve gotten a papercut reading Thibs’ defensive manifesto and trainers would still carry him around the Berto Center on an ancient Egyptian throne as “a precaution.”

    It doesn’t sound like surgery is needed (unless you know something we don’t) so the best thing for Rose is rest, which he will get in the form of closing out this series on Tuesday and probably the Atlanta-Orlando series going 6 or 7 games. You say he won’t be right for “weeks”? In the NBA playoffs, game 3 of the second round might not be here for “weeks.”


      Now, that is something to consider. But, slipping on a floor with an injured foot could turn it into a high sprain.

    • Murphfan1138

      He certainly loves to rain on the fans’ parade, that’s for sure. Whenever the fans are enthusiastic, he’s always ready to bring them down.

      That being said, Rose is the most important player on the team. If he sits out game 5, be ready for game 6, because the rest of the team won’t step up and play without him. The Bulls with Rose are very similar to the Bulls early in MJ’s career…both are content to let the superstar do all the work while everyone else stands there in admiration doing nothing to help!

  • Ed Mlakar

    A sprain is a stretched ligament, a strain is a SLIGHT tear. Stick to talking on the radio and less diagnosing injuries, Dr Bernstein. Always trying to stir up a story that isn’t there, sheesh.

    • Aaron Morris

      Actually, Ed, a sprain is a stretched or torn ligament, a strain is a stretched or slightly torn muscle or tendon. Maybe you should stick to your day job instead of correcting people with incorrect information.

      • AT3374

        Hello friend


    They should rest Rose for a game. A basketball player not needing his ankles is like a rock band skipping Boston, because, “it’s not that big a college town, anyway.”

    The ‘hawks game speaks for itself. I mean, there is room for discussion.

    • JAWS

      LOL at the Tap reference….

      • Sir Dennis Eaton Hogg


        “c’mon, Mime is Money.”

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        “Tap into America.”

      • Beverly Brewmaster

        Yeah, listen guys, I’d love to stand around and chat, but I’ve gotta… sit down in the lobby and wait for the limo.

  • Andrew

    Was i the only one who wanted Rose to sit the rest of the game? I kind of felt if they sacrifice a game for the better good of getting their ONLY all-star back up and going they should do it. Maybe i jumped off too soon when they were down 18 points but why push it especially once you say that DRose was not the same afterwords. You knew in the 4th he couldnt drive, at that point Watson may have been the better choice. But who knows now

  • Dawgman

    Bernstein, you should be more concerned about the human hair that was stolen. What are you going to do now?

  • Beard Man

    Didn’t we learn this with the aforementioned Jay Cutler? Jay had a SPRAINED MCL, which was defined by any doctor people could find as a slight tearing of the ligaments. In Cutler’s case, his MCL. In DRose’s, whatever ligaments are in the ankle. Tomorrow they’re really going to need Boozer to be Carlos Boozer, not Carlos Soriano. Thank God ATL and ORL are busy slugging it out. I’ll be rooting for the Magic now, just to get Derrick some rest after he finds a way to play through the pain and be effective tomorrow night for the win.

  • Carlos Boozer

    Whatever, just don’t ask me to play defense.

    • AT3374

      Why , it’s not writen into your enormous contract Carlos ?

    • Murphfan1138

      You’re too scared to play defense

  • Derrick Rose

    If the Bulls wrap this up and then defeat the Hawks or Magic in a couple weeks Bernstein will talk about how the sprained ankle was never a big deal. Last week when Vancouver was up 3-0 he made the brilliant observation that Vancouver was “better at hockey” than the Blackhawks. Now that the series is tied 3-3 he will be on the radio today claiming he knew it was going to happen all along. I guess in a week the Blackhawks have caught and now passed Vancouver and are “better at hockey” now. How anyone takes what this goof says seriously is incredible.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Terry has a guy who tipped him off that today will be Monday.

      • SPAULDING!

        “good morning, and happy Monday.”
        er, uh.

    • VeveJones007

      What makes your trolling any better than how you purport Bernstein to be?

    • Chris in Scottsdale

      Well, “D-Rose”, what exactly happened in the Hawks-Canucks series that he was wrong about? Was Vancouver not better at Hockey, or was this all the Indian’s master plan? Obviously YOU saw this coming.

      To be wrong about the unfolding of this Hawks-Canucks series carries no shame whatosever. I don’t care if there is a propensity for 8-seeds to win more often in the NHL, an 8-seed down 3-0 in the playoffs has roadkill written all over it. What the Hawks are doing here is not exactly “old hat”, so don’t treat it as such, because it makes you sound like a tool.

      • Derrick Rose

        No problem with being wrong about the Hawks-Canucks series. The problem is Bernstein never can admit he is wrong about anything. I don’t even follow hockey so I couldn’t tell you a good team from a bad one. The only thing I do know about the Hawks-Canucks series is that Bernstein has no idea which is the better team either, not that he will admit it. I wouldn’t expect you to have any issues with Bernstein since you have had your lips surgically attached to his ass.

      • Chris in Scottsdale

        So, you’re one of those people that doesn’t know anything about anything, and assumes that just because someone disagrees with your point-lacking posts that they’re some sort of sycophant?

        “I don’t like Bernstein blah blah blah… if you disagree you’re gay blah blah blah I hate the guy but I still feel an irrepressible gravity to his blog to post blah blah blah “.

        Do you mom a favor and tell her that the back-alley guy’s coat hanger obviously wasn’t sharp enough last time, because you still survived.

        Bernstein is wrong fairly often, and if faced with it by someone who isn’t a mouth breather, he’ll usually acknowledge it- IF he’s wrong. He doesn’t tend to make a big deal out of it… meanwhile you’re obviously jumping up and pointing at your radio “Oh my GAWD! That’s WRONG, Bernstein! WRONG!”

      • Derrick Rose

        “Oh Bernsie your so great, everything you say is spot on. I love you!” It is entertaining to see dopes like yourself comment on these blogs. Mouth breather? How original, where did you get that one? Just quoting your hero?

      • Chris in Scottsdale

        Well, if the shoe fits…

        I’m not the one posting on a page for a show I obviously despise but… can’t…… stop………. listening…………

        I’m a fan, no doubt. It’s my tether to Chicago Sports, along with the fact that AZ local sports radio is god awful. What’s your excuse?

        You’ve got nothing, so let fly with the “he disagrees with my nonexistant point so he must be in love with Bernsie” rhetoric. That’s so “Rockford suburbs” of you. Just change your handle so you cease sullying D.Rose’s good name.

      • Murphfan1138

        Just like Jay Mariotti…Neither he nor Bernstein are willing to admit when they’re wrong


    With All My Children saying “sayonara,”
    ABC can run the Chicago based daytime drama:
    All My Carloses

  • meesohawnee

    who cares !!

  • Beverly Brewmaster

    Since Dan’s hockey gay seems to be missing in action, I’ll pick up the slack for those who want to discuss the other playoff team in Chicago…

    Story of the game, BY FAR: Alain Vigneault’s decision to start Cory Schneider instead of Roberto Luongo. It was a desperate call that pretty much REQUIRED Vancouver to win last night? Why? If they win, all is well in Vancouver and Vigneault can tell Luongo he was looking to catch the Hawks off guard; no harm, no foul, and you move on. But with the Hawks forcing a Game Seven, you now have to trot Luongo back out there after essentially telling him you didn’t trust him to close out the series. While Schneider played a solid game and is Vancouver’s goalie of the future, I can’t imagine the Canucks turn to him in Game Seven even if he’s healthy (and I’m not sure I buy the leg cramp explanation of his injury).

    So now you have Vancouver on the ropes with an uncertain goalie situation, an insecure coach, and non-existent Sedin Twins. Plus a healthy Seabrook AND Bolland and the Hawks finally out-playing Vancouver in terms of physicality (thanks to Bolland and Bickell, NOT John Scott). I said before Game Five that if the Hawks could put up four goals on Luongo I gave them even odds to win the series, and I’m feeling good about my prediction going into tomorrow night.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Luongo is the second-highest-paid player in the NHL (I believe).
      Nothing would make me happier than to see the Hawks win, and to see Luongo’s head covered in a towel as he boo-hoos the tears of a loser.

    • Mr. Pouty Pants

      Cory Schneider is going to have a looooong wait to replace boo-hoo-Bobby Lu, I think they said he ahd 11 years left on his contract last night.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        geez, 11 years worth of crying towels to go…….

      • Beverly Brewmaster

        There are a lot of people out there who think there’s a trade market for Luongo even with his contract. By the numbers he’s one of the league’s elite goalies; perhaps an up-and-coming team in a low-pressure market like Carolina or Tampa might think a change of scenery could do him well.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        Luongo had a situation like that with the Florida Panthers, and they couldn’t wait to get his arse out of South Florida, trading him for Bertuzzi and a used jockstrap I seem to recall.

    • Chris in Scottsdale


      Excellent point regarding the goalie situation. Luongo was already fighting off questions about his resolve, and now there’s no “outs” for Vigneault. If the Canucks lose this series he’s got to be gone. Even if they do pull out game 7, unless they make the finals he may still be gone, and that game six decision will be pointed at as a prime trespass.

      It’s one thing for a 1-seed to lose in the first round. It’s another for them to utterly come apart like this. I hate to say it, but it’s more Cub-like than the Cubs, because it’s one thing to choke. It’s another thing to look emotionally decimated while it’s happening.

      …Of course, the Hawks have to win game 7 first.

      • SPAULDING!

        Eleven years? Geez, when did they sign that contract? I thought those were banned in the NHL. And, I’m not doubting it.

        Some GMs need to get one of those yellow and black soft cover books. Rule #1 “Don’t be like the 2001 Diamondbacks.”

        Vancouver has been more than adequate at keeping Toews and Kane off-balance.
        This series is unbelievable.
        My guess is, game 7 can be measured in half periods.

      • AT3374

        If the Hawks get two quick goals on Longie , dem Canucks be dead .

        Capt’n Obvious signing off ……….

  • Chicaller

    Look its a problem!! Derrick Rose is tierd and this very thing is what I was afraid of coming into the playoffs. This is why it was so darn important for us to get a shooting guard!! Derrick Rose the last few days havent been explosive at all going to the hole if you pay attention. Im used to him taking off elevating over the opposition for sky high dunks and lay ups but the last few games he barely have any lift. Now is this a waste of a year because of the front office lack of aggressiveness!!!

  • Larry Horse's Arse

    I was very impressed with how the Celtics took it up a notch and polished off the Knicks. That next series with the Heat will be a war, but (if they stay injury-free) the Celtics have what it takes to whup the Heat.

  • RealRick

    The MRI was negative, so this column is mere hyperventilation about a minor owie, which is nothing new from Bernsie.

    That being said, there IS plenty of material to peddle panic about this team during the playoffs: the disappearance of Boozer, the lackluster play from the bench, the inability to defend in the paint against a mediocre team.

    THAT’S something to peddle panic about!

    This team has regressed in the post-season from being a terrific triad of Rose, Deng and Noah to now just being Derrick Rose and the Rosenaires.

    Peddle panic about THAT, Bernsie, and you might have a blog worth reading.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      “Rosenaires” That was a great line, LOL!

      “It’s funny because it’s true.” – Homer J. Simpson.

    • Beverly Brewmaster

      They’re not saying “Boooooooozer,” they’re saying “boo.”

    • Chris in Scottsdale

      Bernstein is always right, you don’t know what you are talking about.

      • Chris in Scottsdale

        So now we’ve got people ghosting under my name? Cute. Obviously fifth grade is on break this week.

        What kind of unfulfilled life must someone have to impersonate someone else on a public message board?


    When Derrick Rose hurt his ankle following one of only 6 field goals he hit in the 1st quarter of Game 4 Saturday afternoon vs. the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse, I thought right away that the Bulls’ NBA title aspirations would go down with him. It looked awfully bad when Rose was hopping around near the Bulls’ bench. While Rose should be able to play tomorrow night in Game 5 at United Center, here’s hoping the Bulls finish off the Pacers and prepare for a second-round Eastern Semifinal next weekend vs. the Hawks. You read it here first, folks.

    As for the White Sox, what a disasterous weekend in Detroit! Ozzie benches struggling 2B Gordon Beckham & CF Alex Rios tomorrow and rests 1B Paul Konerko in the series finale yesterday in favor of Omar Vizquel, Brent Lillibridge & Mark Teahen, and they get nothing to show for it! Tonight on 670 The SCORE & the Chicago White Sox Radio Network, Phil Humber starts a 4 game series in the Bronx vs. Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez & Robinson Cano’s Yankees. Talk about from the frying pan into the fire! Have fun with that!

  • idicula1979

    Rose injury NOT A BIG DEAL, it is a cleshay at this point but all athletes at this level play with injuries and Rose has just about more heart and more intangebles then just about anybody this side of Kobe Bryant. This team might be the most boring team to be so good outside the Spurs, which leads to them being underrated by just about anybody.

    • idicala1979

      ( cont) But I predict that in Game 5 the team will play better and respond to D Rose quite leadership.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      I hate cleshays like poison.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      1. Somehow it warms my heart that Bernsie is taken to task for cleshays.

      2. Good thing DRose isn’t a horse coming up lame like that…BAM, BAM.

  • Larry Horse's Arse

    Happy Dyngus Day everyone!!!

  • Bob in Rockford

    My concern is the very real chance Derrick could re-injure this. If you saw the way Kobe fell last night, he approached that play awkwardly (even before the injury). That was probably the result of a season of ankle injuries. This is scary.

    Bob in Rockford

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