#WeekendWalkOff: They called him Mr. Glass

He may not be unbreakable, but if Rose is able to channel his inner-David Dunn and return, once again, to the superstar he was… well, that’s a plot twist Shyamalan would be proud of.

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#WeekendWalkOff is a weekly column where sports and pop culture collide in a look at the one of that week’s biggest sports topics

M. Night Shyamalan’s movies tend to have a supernatural theme, but for Derrick Rose, the Mr. Glass nickname has become all too real.

The Chicago Bulls announced late Tuesday night that Rose will be undergoing surgery after an MRI revealed a meniscus tear in his right knee. Yes, the same injury to the same knee that put him out for most of the 2013 season.

Four seasons removed from being named the league MVP, Rose is faced with yet another rehab process, something that has become the story of his once-promising career.

In 2011, Rose tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a first-round playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Sitting out the entire 2012 season, Rose returned to action in 2013, ready to get back to the top of his game and the top of the league.

This was his time. The 2008 Rookie of the Year, was ready to make his triumphant return to the NBA and reclaim his status as one of the top players in the league. Ten games into the season, averaging 15.9 points and 31.1 minutes per game, Rose went down with a right knee injury. The next day, it was announced he’d torn his right meniscus and was out for the rest of the season.

Cue the triumphant return, part two.

Despite missing 11 games this season with various injuries and illnesses, Rose managed to play in more games this season (46) than he’d played since 2010. Through February and into the NBA All-Star break, Rose was averaging more than 20 points per game for the third-place Bulls. He was back, the Bulls were fighting for a top spot in the Eastern Conference and everything was right in NBA land.

Four days after the All-Star break, a Shyamalan-esque twist to the season, and Rose’s career, would shock the sports world. Rose would had torn the same meniscus that he had nearly a year and a half earlier.

If Rose hadn’t been hit with the Mr. Glass label before, it was sure to come now.

Since that ACL tear in 2011, Rose has played in 56 of the Bulls’ 239 games. It’s unclear whether he’ll be back for the playoffs in late April or if he’ll wait until next season. There’s also no guarantee Rose will fully recover next season. You’re talking about a guy coming off his third knee surgery, and the second in as many years on the same knee.

It’s also unforeseen what kind of impact Rose’s absence will have on the Bulls, a franchise that looked on the cusp of returning to greatness just four years ago. The Bulls have a young core with Jimmy Butler and Joakim Noah, but this season’s addition of 34-year-old Pau Gasol along with the return of Rose, was meant to be the formation of team good enough to make a championship run. Now, the team is suddenly without its second-leading scorer and star point guard while in the midst of a tight race for second place in the east standings.

As for Rose, facing the heartbreaking reality of having to come back from a third knee injury at just 26 years old, he’s tasked with shedding that Mr. Glass image.

He may not be unbreakable, but if Rose is able to channel his inner-David Dunn and return, once again, to the superstar he was… well, that’s a plot twist Shyamalan would be proud of.

Shannon Stowers can be contacted at [email protected]

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