Why, Derrick? Why must the basketball gods hate you so? Everything was fine. After suffering an ACL tear in the 2012 Playoffs, you spent all of following season rehabbing, ignoring the fans who criticized you for sitting out even after you were medically cleared to play. You wanted to be healthy, 100 percent, to make sure your game would again back up that dead-eye stare you seem to do on the court about 95 percent of the time. The 2013-2014 season kicked off, and you were back. Sure, you were rusty, but you were jumping higher and cutting quicker—turning back into the hoops devil we once loved, sent to earth to steal NBA souls. Then, in just your tenth game back, you turned awkwardly, tore your meniscus and went straight back to rehab.
Our suggestions? Pray to the basketball gods, sacrifice a goat and hope that your legs cooperate with the rest of your body next October. Hurry back.
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