It’s hard to see the silver lining in yet another injury to Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose, but that’s the only way this one can be given a positive spin. According to multiple reports, Rose has torn the medial meniscus in his right knee, and injury which will require surgery and cause him to be out indefinitely. The Bulls have confirmed he will not travel for the remainder of this road trip and will be away from action yet again for an extended period of time.
Coming back from an ACL tear in his right knee which caused him to miss the majority of the 2012 season, Rose was averaging 15.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game for the 6-5 Bulls through the first game of the season. While these numbers were down somewhat from his first few seasons in the Windy City, his presence alone was giving the Bulls a new energy which they just did not have in 2012, and will again search for following another loss to their highly paid-for leader.
The typical medial meniscus tear requires at least 3-5 weeks of intensive rehabilitation post-surgery — sometimes more given the severity of the tear — which would place a return for Rose, under the best case scenario being sometime at the beginning of 2014. The meniscus tear is a more positive scenario for Rose than another ACL tear would have been, but it’s a huge setback nonetheless for a guy who was working to get back to full strength and dissipate any gun-shyness or fear of re-injury of his left knee, much less his right.
You can rest assured Derrick Rose will do everything in his power to return to the Bulls as quickly as possible, but rehab from a meniscus tear can be a gradual process to ensure it heals 100%. Bulls fans will again have to wait for their favorite hometown star to return to the hardwood and the wait this time around will be more painful than ever, for both Rose and Chicagoans.
Kris Hughes is a Senior Writer, Business Analyst and College Content Coordinator for Rant Sports.