That Sinking Feeling



Catharsis (from the Greek ???????? katharsis meaning “purification” or “cleansing”) is the purification and purgation of emotions—especially pity and fear—through art[1]or to any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration.[2][3] It is a metaphor originally used by Aristotle in the Poetics to describe the effects of tragedy on the spectator.



It’s 6:39 PM and I’ve just turned my mobile phone off and closed my web browser, in doing so, logging off all social media. Meanwhile Derrick Rose is somewhere in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States right now nursing a knee injury. What that knee injury is exactly, is anyone’s guess at this stage. The 25 year old Chicago Bulls franchise player injured his right knee making a backdoor cut under the basket towards the end of the third period of the Bulls game against the Portland Trailblazers. After being escorted to the visitors’ locker room by team officials, he didn’t return to the court and was last seen on crutches as the team vacated the Rose Garden.


Right now I’m sitting on my couch, with a barely eaten pizza sitting next to me as I type this. The stomach punches Bulls fans experienced when what I just wrote above occurred leaving a lasting effect.  My lack of appetite really is the least of my concerns right now.


Before this season commenced I feared Rose’s good knee may overcompensate for the ACL injury he suffered during the first round of the 2012 Playoffs. Maintaining an optimistic approach, I never aired or verbalised my thoughts, the superstitious side to me didn’t want to jinx his comeback.  Unfortunately today my fears were confirmed when he appeared to tweak the knee. Yes he didn’t go to the ground grimacing like on the previous occasion during that fateful Playoff game against the Sixers, which is a silver lining in this dark cloud, but as any Bulls fan will know this doesn’t look good. We’ve all collectively held our breath this season as he aggressively slashes his way to the basket and leaves his feet, worried he may take a hit or tumble and come off second best. This wasn’t such a play, which makes it even more worrisome.


Since this occurred a few hours ago, there has been a shockwave of response through social media from fans of different teams, NBA Players, the media and casual observers. The Bulls fans of course (myself included) went into panic mode, many assuming the worst, others taking a more positive approach to matters. Some even going as far to see “he’s done”, his career is over and already talking breaking up the team and looking forward to the Draft. Then of course the vitriolic fuelled tweets and jokes in bad taste started popping up. I found it hard to restrain from lashing out. After watching the Bulls lose the game in which they had once held a twenty point lead and on top of that losing their only superstar player, enough was enough. Phone off, computer shutdown, don’t feed the trolls Adam. No need for more negativity or angst in my world.


It’s just after 10 PM and I just received a message from a source with ties to the organisation that further took my wind out of my sails. What I’m told I hope is not true. I feel like throwing up. Emotionally exhausted, I have no desire to sit here and watch whatever Shrek sequel this is that my wife is currently engrossed in. Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy can’t even make me laugh right now. Sleep is the only option.


It’s just after 7:00 AM, in putting head to pillow last night, one of my final thoughts for the evening was hoping I awake to good news. I turn my phone on and straight away refresh my twitter feed. Nothing yet on Derrick’s condition, only more speculation, anxiety and suspense. My wife just made me an unprompted breakfast in bed; surely this is a good sign. I’ll take any good juju I can get right now. With my appetite back and in between bites of waffle, I continuously refresh my twitter feed. Still no official word from Bulls management and the natives continue to grow restless. Word has surfaced though that Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol, who also injured his knee yesterday, won’t require surgery but will sit out indefinitely with a ligament sprain. This dually serves as good news for Grizzlies fans and a glimmer of hope for frustrated Bulls fans.


According to a tweet from Chicago Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson, the results from Rose’s MRI will be released early evening Chicago time and Jon Greenberg a writer for ESPN Chicago just now tweeted “sources say we’ll find out in four hours”. So until then really all we can do is hope for the best, stay positive and wait patiently.


Thanks Aristotle, I feel slightly better… for now.

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