Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose underwent surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone at the beginning of training camp, but Rose is still dealing with double vision when he plays. The way Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg talked on Sunday, it sounds like that double vision could linger for several months. Three months total to be exact, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Interestingly enough, when Rose was asked about it, he said that timeline was news to him. So who really knows what to think.
Outside of some flashes here and there (specifically the Oklahoma City Thunder game), Rose has really struggled, and especially with his shooting. He’s averaging 12.6 points and 6.0 assists while shooting just 35.9 percent overall and 5.6 percent from three-point range. That’s right. 5.6 percent. He’s never been a good three-point shooter, but that number is especially awful, and you have to think the vision problems are playing a factor.
Rose is shooting a respectable 42.9 percent from mid-range, so he’s got that going for him, but he’s really struggling in the paint. The vision could be messing with him when he’s trying to finish around the basket, but some of those issues are also likely due to the loss of elite explosiveness thanks to all his knee injuries.
This being said, it’s a bit troubling that this double vision could be an issue for another few months. It’s just another setback in the tough-luck career of Derrick Rose.