Rose To Have Surgery on Monday
“Derrick Rose flew back to Chicago on Sunday and will undergo surgery on the torn medial meniscus in his right knee Monday, coach Tom Thibodeau said.
The surgery will be performed by team physician Brian Cole, who also repaired Rose’s torn left anterior cruciate ligament.
Thibodeau said how long Rose is out won’t be determined until Cole performs the surgery. But two sources close to the process indicated Rose’s camp is leaning toward having Rose’s meniscus reattached. While this is better for Rose’s long-term career, it also means a lengthier rehabilitation process of up to six months.
That would mean Rose would miss the remainder of the regular season.
“We’re hoping for the best,” Thibodeau said. “We of course feel very badly for Derrick. I talked to him at length (Saturday) night. He’s in good spirits, about as well as can be expected under the circumstances. And he’s already thinking about his rehab. Typical Derrick, he’s concerned about his team, his teammates.
“That being said, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’re the Chicago Bulls. We have one goal and that’s to win. I believe we have the personnel in that locker room to get it done.”
Thibodeau said Kirk Hinrich would replace Rose at point guard and Marquis Teague would serve as Hinrich’s backup. Players said they would talk postgame in a somber pregame Bulls’ locker room.
“There’s of course the disappointment for Derrick because of the type of person he is,” Thibodeau said. “He’s such a great teammate along with being a great player. But I think we have an understanding of what we need to do. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to circle the wagons and get out there and get the job done.”
Until Cole performs the surgery, it’s not known if merely an arthroscopic process to clean up the meniscus can be salvaged. That could have Rose on the court again this season. But with Rose just 25, whatever is best for his long-term career will dictate the decision.
If Rose misses the rest of the season, he will have played in just 50 games over three seasons.
"I think his mental toughness is going to serve him well," Thibodeau said. "I think whenever he has faced any adversity, I think his mental toughness has gotten him through. I could tell talking to him (Saturday) night there was a resolve and determination. We expect him to make a full recovery. It’s another bump in the road. He’ll get past it."
should have kept nate robinson but d.rose was jealous at how famous nate was getting and he went crying to bitchass john paxson and jim paxson don’t resign nate robinson