After hours of somber anticipation, the Chicago Bulls announced on Saturday evening that Derrick Rose suffered a medial meniscus tear of the right knee. The Bulls announced that the point guard will be out indefinitely as the next step for Rose is to have surgery.
While the injury has the potential to sideline Rose for the remainder of the season, there is some degree of relief that Rose did not tear the ACL in his right knee. But, Rose missing the remainder of the season may be the worst case scenario. Rose is expected to be sidelined for anywhere between one month to six months. The exact time-frame will not be known until doctors and Rose determine how to treat the injury.
According to sources who have discussed Rose’s medical care, if merely an arthroscopic process is needed to “clean up” the injury, his absence would be on the shorter end of that spectrum. If the meniscus needs more extensive surgery to be reattached or repaired, Rose would be out longer and could miss the entire season.-Chicago Tribune
Now, if it is determined that more extensive surgery is needed, Rose would likely opt to have the meniscus re-attached.
Sources said Rose likely will opt to have the meniscus reattached, which would be better for the long-term but sideline him longer. Team physician Brian Cole, who repaired Rose’s left ACL, is the leading candidate to perform this surgery as well.-Chicago Tribune
Okalahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook faced the same decision last April when he suffered a right lateral meniscus tear in his knee. Westbrook opted to have the meniscus re-attached. A decision that kept the point guard sidelined for a little over six months.
Rose’s absence likely will not be projected until after the surgery is performed. But considering the alternatives, there is reason for Bulls fans to be thankful. It is not out of the question to think that Rose could return this season, something that many speculated would not be an option before the team announced the injury.
Dr. Mark Adickes was a featured guest on Sportscenter on Saturday night and discussed the Rose injury.