If this is true, it’s bad news for Bulls fans. After everything involving his comeback last season and overhyped return, to injure his right knee and miss ANOTHER season — it’d be incomparably massive for the NBA landscape going forward. Let’s be honest, a long recovery is definitely a possibility given the precedent he set in 2012-13. Career-wise? The injury occurred on a non-contact play. Bottom line: Derrick Rose may be too fast for his own good.
It’s seeming like these injuries will plague him for his career, as he will now spend the rest of his life with two surgically repaired knees. Howard Beck got the news out first today:
Bulls make it official: Derrick Rose has tear in right medial meniscus and needs surgery. Out indefinitely.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) November 23, 2013
Derrick Rose's MRI confirms medial meniscus tear to his right knee, which will require surgery: http://t.co/pLx8jsZORp
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 23, 2013
Wow. Bombshell, indeed. Here’s the official statement from the Bulls website, in case you’re struggling to comprehend what has just happened.
[Bulls.com] November 23, 2013 — Bulls guard Derrick Rose sustained an injury to his right knee against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
Subsequent examinations and an MRI confirmed a medial meniscus tear to his right knee, which will require surgery. Rose is out indefinitely, and will not accompany the team on the rest of its current road trip.
CORRECTION: The recovery time hasn’t been listed, but it is not definitively season ending. That was incorrectly reported based on this Marc Stein tweet:
Official word from Bulls is that DRose is out "indefinitely" but vibe is they're indeed bracing for prospect he misses rest of '13-14 season
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 23, 2013
It is not uncommon for players to miss several months with such injuries, and Rose has shown he is tentative about returning too early, which could mean he’s out for a long period of time.
Per CBS Sports: By repairing/re-attaching the meniscus, it can leave you sidelined for months much like we saw with Chase Budinger of the Minnesota Timberwolves last season. Until the doctors perform the surgery and see exactly what they’re dealing with and how they go about treating the injury, we won’t know the timetable of how long Rose is expected to be out.