The Chicago Bulls must be pinching themselves right now praying this is just a bad dream or a practical joke. There is no way they might lose their hometown star Derrick Rose to a third knee injury. Unfortunately that is the reality as Rose will be sidelined with a torn meniscus in his knee according to USA Today’s Sam Amick.
Awful update from Chicago PR: Derrick Rose has a medial meniscus tear of the right knee. Surgery will be scheduled, and timeline determined
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 25, 2015
There is no timetable for Rose, but there is a slither of hope that the Bulls can get their leader back in time for the playoffs.
Meniscus injuries can go one of two ways—weeks or months. Russell Westbrook’s postseason was ended by a meniscus tear in 2013, but if it had happened during the regular season I believe Westbrook would have made it back in three or four weeks. But that’s Westbrook and we are not sure he is human. Rose, however is human.
A torn meniscus against the Trail Blazers early last season ended his whole season—I hate to be a downer, but if history serves as any indicator the Bulls will be Rose-less for the rest of the season.
.@drose will use this as fuel. I pray for him daily.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 25, 2015
Now Bulls brass have to start having the same conversation the Magic brass had about Penny Hardaway two decades ago. It’s eerie how similar the two player’s career arcs are to this point and I’m sure the whole basketball world is hoping a better ending for Rose than Hardaway—Penny included. No one player has meant more to his respective team than Rose.
Damn man send one up for D Rose.. Hate this keeps coming back but like before it won’t keep you down! — Paul George (@Yg_Trece) February 25, 2015
Man feel bad for D.Rose! Keep your head up homie and stay strong G!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 25, 2015
Not just from a basketball standpoint, but from a community one. He’s the hometown kid who was the youngest MVP and had his team on the cusp of a championship with injuries as the only roadblock. Now we have to wait for “The Return: Act 3”–let’s hope third time’s a charm.
Keep it tuned for more updates on Rose’s timetable.
UPDATE: Rose Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery, Out 4-6 Weeks
Breathe a HUGE sigh of relief Chicago. Your star, Derrick Rose will return this season. According to the Bulls, Rose underwent successful knee surgery and will be out 4-6 weeks.
Barring any setbacks, the Bulls will just have to navigate the rest of the regular season and at most the first round of the playoffs without Rose. Many feared (myself included) that Rose’s season was over again and even began to question if we will ever see him again. Thankfully that is not the case and we will see the 2011 MVP back in action this year.