The list of Rose's injuries is long, particularly for a young and otherwise healthy professional athlete. It all began less than two weeks into the season when Rose fell hard enough on his elbow
to warrant X-rays. He escaped unscathed (X-rays were negative) but that would be the last time he would be so lucky. Less than a week later a collision with Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver resulted in a sprained left big toe
. He missed one game but returned to action three days later, despite persistent pain. He lasted two games but then was forced to miss the next four because of the toe
. Rose returned to the lineup in late January and seemed to be off to a fresh start. Then the problems really began. Back spasms
cropped up in February and forced Rose out for more than a week. A few weeks later there were reports of a groin strain
which led to another dozen absences. Rose returned for one game (yes, just one) before a sprained right ankle
caused him to miss more time. Days later it was his right foot
sidelining him. Rose, who had missed very little game action before this season, expressed frustration with the cumulative injuries, at the time telling reporters, "For someone to not miss more than seven, 10 games in a year (my first three seasons), to miss 20 something, 30 something games, it hurts, man."