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“(at)drose needs to give his leg to Kobe if he’s not gonna use it”

“At this rate, (at)drose’s baby PJ will probably play basketball before his dad.”

It hasn’t helped Rose’s case that the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson returned from a similarly devastating ACL injury the previous December and had one of the best seasons ever by a running back. Or that the Knicks’ Iman Shumpert has worked his way back into the lineup as a solid contributor after suffering a similar injury at roughly the same time.

Worse, some of the same qualities that endeared Rose to his hometown _ toughness, humility and the kind of quiet leadership that inspired teammates to play hard all the time _ are working against him now. No matter how honestly he tries to assess things _ “…I’m only 24 years old, I’ve got the whole future in front of me.” _ the words wind up being thrown back in his face. In what can only be called the most deranged reaction, a fan in Peoria reportedly filed a lawsuit claiming that Rose’s absence caused him to suffer emotional distress and eat his way to obesity.

Shame on all of them

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Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org and follow him at Twitter.com/JimLitke.