HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — That torn medial meniscus in Derrick Rose‘s right knee has been repaired.
He’ll have plenty of time to heal, because after the procedure was finished this morning the Chicago Bulls announced that their prized point guard was done for the 2013-14 season after just 11 games in. Rose missed the entire 2012-13 season recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee in May of 2012.
That’s back-to-back seasons in what should be the physical prime of his career wiped out. But at 25, Rose has a much better long-term prognosis for a full recovery than he did if he’d simply had meniscus shaved and replaced than if it was repaired. The only downside for Rose, the Bulls and their fans is that his season was over Friday night when he was injured in a loss to Portland.
The Bulls, 6-6 thus far, will have to survive another campaign without their homegrown star. But at least there will be no lingering speculation this time about if and when he will return, as there was throughout all of last season.
Rose is done for the season. The Bulls have to carry on without him.
Chicago Tribune Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson offers some perspective on the matter:
That means Rose will have played in just 50 games over three NBA seasons. He missed all of last season after left knee surgery to repair a torn ACL. He battled through four separate injuries during the shortened lockout season in 2011-12.
“Sometimes with athletes in sports, luck has a lot to do with it,” Luol Deng said. “It’s just bad luck. It’s not going to change anything. He’s still going to be Derrick. He still is going to work hard and come back even better. I really believe that he was better coming back from that ACL. It’s unfortunate that it happened. I have no doubt he’s going to come back and play great.”
Also, here is the recovering Rose looking relatively peppy after a successful surgery: