ACL Tears a Growing NBA Trend
When Derrick Rose went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in April 2012, it was a relatively rare instance of an NBA All-Star succumbing to a major knee injury in his prime.
According to extensive research conducted by BasketballProspectus.com, Rose was the first current All-Star to tear his ACL since Danny Manning in 1995. Before that, you have to go back to Bernard King in 1985.
But Rose’s injury opened the floodgates for a modern wave of ACL tears in basketball. On the same day in the 2012 playoffs, Iman Shumpert went down with the same injury. Before the Knicks’ first-round series with the Heat was over, 34-year-old Baron Davis’ knee came apart. Davis had first torn his ACL as a freshman at UCLA during an NCAA tournament game.
During the 17 months since Rose and Shumpert went down, the league has lost Brandon Rush, Lou Williams, Rajon Rondo, Leandro Barbosa and Danilo Gallinari to ACL tears. Ricky Rubio tore his ACL about a month before Rose in March 2012.