Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will have surgery on Monday in Chicago to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. Rose suffered the injury on a non-contact play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.
Uncertainty still surrounds the idea of when Rose is projected to return from the injury. Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau indicated on Sunday in Los Angeles that the team will not know until after the surgery has been completed.
“The big part is they won’t know until they get in,’’ Thibodeau said. “We’re hoping for the best. We of course feel very badly for Derrick. I talked to him at length last night. He’s in good spirits, about as well as can be expected under the circumstances. And he’s already thinking about his rehab.-Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Sun Times
The reason the length of Rose’s absence is not known is because there are two ways to repair the meniscus. The meniscus can either be shaved–or removed–in a process that would allow Rose to return in about 4 weeks; or, the meniscus can be re-attached in a process that would likely sideline the Bulls point guard for the remainder of the season.
The consensus from Rose’s camp since the injury first occurred was that whatever decision that would be made would be made with Rose’s long-term health being the priority. With that in mind, it would appear that Rose will likely opt to have the meniscus re-attached. While that could very well end his season, it certainly will not shorten Rose’s career–a caveat that is applied to the procedure that shaves the meniscus.
Nonetheless, expect there to be more clarity after the surgery is performed on Rose on Monday.