Bernstein: Durant Injury Nothing Like Rose Saga

There are numerous false equivalencies between the situations.

Dan Bernstein
June 11, 2019 - 1:49 pm
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(670 The Score) Let's just not do this, because it's really dumb. Not surprising, mind you, considering the kind of fans involved, but dumb.

Oh. We're doing it anyway? OK.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant's Achilles tendon appeared to rupture Monday night after he made a long-awaited return from what was listed as a calf strain, igniting a flurry of partially informed opinions from all of us regarding what was known about such risk, who was in charge of clearing him to play, how compelled he was by pressure from outside or inside the organization to take the floor and how his extended absence could now affect this offseason all over the NBA.

What has absolutely no connection to this whatsoever, though, is what happened with Derrick Rose with the Bulls all the way back in 2013, when he opted to halt his rehab from ACL surgery against the instructions of team doctors.

Of course, this is just the latest effort by whatever dead ends of Rose fanboy culture exist to invent alternate universes and fantasy lands in which their guy somehow became what they wanted him to become, hilariously false equivalencies be damned.

To refresh memories: Rose tore his ACL in April 2012, had the usual surgery, then didn't want to play in real games. He got back to full-speed scrimmaging with teammates, back to flying through the air and dunking nearly a calendar year later, but he was content to watch the Bulls get eliminated from the playoffs while he told us he wanted to be "110 percent." Bulls officials privately seethed at his decision to ignore the prescribed medical plan, his balking at the phase in which team doctor Brian Cole said "exponential growth is going to come" in game action. Instead, Rose waited for the start of the next season.

He was injured again early that season and missed the rest of 2013-'14 after surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He tiptoed back in the next year by holding himself out of numerous games and finally providing a window into his thinking about how he looks at his job.

"A lot of people don't understand that when I sit out, it's not because of this year," Rose once said. "I'm thinking about long term. I'm thinking about after I'm done with basketball, having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to. I don't want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son's graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past."

And it's important to note that those of us critical of Rose's inexplicable reticence weren't at the time or anywhere along his extended health saga calling him soft as much as we were recognizing that he was just weird.

There are no meaningful parallels between these two situations, then, other than a star player being hurt and having to figure out when and how to come back based on the best advice available, then handling an unfortunate result that's the product of some combination of medical practice, individual psychology and randomness. One guy came back too soon, the other had different priorities.

We're done here.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score’s Bernstein & McKnight Show in midday. You can follow him on Twitter @Dan_Bernstein.