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PRAY-4-ROSE: Derrick Rose shrine erected on Chicago underpass (photo)


Derrick Rose’s neverending injury woes over the past several seasons have caused such a level of despair among Chicago Bulls fans that a shrine actually has been erected in acknowledgment of the NBA hero’s “suffering”. Given that shrines typically are reserved to memorialize or mourn a far more tragic or significant event, it’s a curious development to be sure.

The shrine, “PRAY-4-ROSE,” features an illustration of Rose depicted as a Christ-like figure — the crown of thorns makes that clear — and includes a basketball, framed photos, candles, a bunch of roses and, of course, a pair of crutches.

The Chicago Tribune’s Luis Gomez reports that the shrine was erected under a viaduct on West Fullerton Avenue by the Kennedy Expressway in the Logan Square area. It apparently was laid out over the weekend.

Rose of course recently underwent surgery (again) to repair a torn meniscus, the same injury he suffered in 2013, one that derailed one of seemingly numerous comebacks by Rose following injury.

Bulls general manager Gar Forman indicated shortly after Rose’s surgery that the team expects him to recover quickly from his latest injury setback, setting the timetable for his return at between four and six weeks, meaning the point guard would be back in time for the playoffs.

Rose on Monday spoke with the media and said he intends to return and play this season.

“The way I’m feeling right now,” he said, via, “it’s a good chance I’ll be back.”

Regarding Forman’s timetable, Rose said, “Whenever I’m ready to step back on the court, that’s when I am going to step back.”

Until then, Bulls fans at last can seek solace and a sense of peace by visiting the shrine. Perhaps a candlelight vigil is in order. Or something.

(photo credit: Luis Gomez/Chicago Tribune)