It is 1996 with the Spurs playing the regular season opener against the Miami Heat. San Antonio’s MVP center David Robinson goes down with a broken foot ultimately leading to a season ending injury to the Admiral. The Spurs season goes down the toilet ending up with a dismal 20-62.
Now it is game one of the first round matchup in the NBA Playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and the Philadelphia 76’ers. Late in the game reigning MVP Derrick Rose goes down to the hardwood and rolls around in obvious agony. It is later found out that the Bull’s all-star point guard has torn his ACL and is done for the rest of the season. The Bulls championship hopes go out the window as they are beat by the 8th seeded 76’ers four games to two.
Derrick Rose’s injury is put on a time-table to keep him out of the game until at least January of the 2012-2013 season. As we all saw in the playoffs the Bulls are not the same team without Rose and without him they are not championship contenders. Chicago almost might as well give up the whole 2012-2013 season as well.
With their terrible record of 20-62 the Spurs land themselves the third worst record in the NBA that year and the third best chance of getting the number one pick in the NBA Draft. The ping pong balls bounced and the Spurs lucked out getting the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 draft. San Antonio drafted Tim Duncan and the rest is history winning four NBA titles along the way with their “Twin Towers” The Admiral and The Big Fundamental.
If the Bulls are smart they are poised to do the exact same thing. If I were the Bull’s GM I would keep Rose out the whole 2012-2013 season. Let him fully recover and come back the next year to play at 100%. If that were to happen the Bulls would not be very good at all. They take a page out of the Spurs book and 2013-2014 season they have a healthy Rose and a top 10 overall draft pick. That could help propel them to a title over Eastern Conference giants the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets and ultimately help Rose and the Bulls win championships.