7. David Stern
Rose and other players may not have made it out unscathed, but the league did as teams and their stars turned in a great first weekend of play. Looking back at the regular season, TV ratings actually rose this year with ABC, and TNT gamecasts saw increases of 6% and 4%, respectively, which indicates success on a surface level. However, players and fans both know the wear and tear of the condensed schedule (and no training camp) took their toll on starters who logged heavy minutes and may eventually cut short a few careers on the backend. The brunt of the blame will fall squarely on the shoulder’s of Stern, the perceived hired henchman for the team owners. – Gotty™
8. The Olympics
Only a few days ago, Team USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo had no intentions of expanding the Olympic team roster. After Rose injury, consider that statement null as Colangelo told SI.com called Rose’s injury “a big loss” to a team who has now lost five players since the roster was announced in January.- Gotty™
9. Chicago’s fan base
Rose going down was the most depressing thing to happen to Chicago sports since the Bartman incident; even more so than Jay Cutler’s “injury” in the 2011 NFC Championship game. He wasn’t just an athlete, he was one of their own. Born and raised on the city’s South Side and only leaving town for one year of college ball, Derrick spent his whole basketball career playing on Chicago courts. Not since Mike has another athlete been so beloved in the Windy City so to see him fall – especially while playing on home turf – is nearly as painful as watching Ricky get shot in the alley on BNTH. Okay, that comparison was dramatic, but it still encompasses how bad the scene looked. – J. Tinsley
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