We knew that this would be bad news once Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose limped off the court with a knee injury against the Portland Trail Blazers. We just did not know the severity of the injury. Then the reports of the MRI came down. Bulls’ fans were hoping for nothing serious, but Rose suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee which will sideline him indefinitely.
There is no exact recovery time table for a torn meniscus. Every case of this injury is different. Doctors have said that the recovery from this type of injury can range from 2-6 weeks or 4-6 months. Either way, this is a big blow for the Bulls and Rose.
Rose was just getting into a consistent groove before this injury occurred. He was feeling confident and the explosion was definitely there. Now this is the second devastating knee injury he has suffered in the last 2 seasons. The first one was an ACL tear back in April of 2012, where he sat out last season rehabbing. He worked so hard to get back on the court this season to help the Bulls contend for a championship. You really feel sorry for Rose.
So now the question is, where do the Bulls go from here? The Bulls’ future does not look so bright after this injury to their franchise player. They’ve been down this road before last season and really competed. This season might be a little different because they don’t have the backcourt depth. But, coach Tom Thibodeau will have the Bulls playing at a high level regardless of who is out. He is always talking about next man up and to be ready. Kirk Hinrich will be the starter once again and Marquis Teague will lead the 2nd unit. The Bulls also have veteran Mike James and rookie Tony Snell will get a look in the backcourt. Whoever can step up will have big shoes to fill.
Some people around the league are saying that the torn meniscus is better than an ACL tear. Regardless, it’s still bad news for Rose, the Bulls, their fans and the league. We all know Rose will work his hardest to come back stronger than ever. After this latest injury, we just don’t know when and if he will ever be the same physically or mentally.