Never Fear, Derrick Rose Will Be Back... Eventually

By Brian Neal
Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls
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I, for one, am actually a bit relieved to hear what Derrick Rose‘s actual diagnosis is today. Instead of a torn ACL or MCL, it turns out that he’s torn his right medial meniscus.

For those of you who aren’t in the medical field, that’s neither a ligament or tendon. It’s actually strips of fibrocartilage in the knee. So, D-Rose tore his right knee cartilage in layman’s terms. This isn’t a good thing by any means, but it’s far from what could have been — which at least should ease a little bit of stress.

It’s already been decided that Rose will have surgery on his knee, and the prognosis for recovery from this isn’t actually too bad. Some athletes can come back from this type of injury and surgery in about four-to-five weeks, which would put #thereturn2.0 at some point near the end of December at the earliest. Given his history, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chicago Bulls held off on it for a little bit and waited until mid-to-late January to let him come back.

Despite the semi-good-because-it-wasn’t-as-bad-as-it-could’ve-been news revealed by his MRI earlier today, it’s so disconcerting to see him go down with another relatively serious injury. The fact that it didn’t occur to his previously injured left knee is a good sign, but it’s clear his knees are not holding up well.

It begs the question, is this just another random act? Or rather is it the second in a soon-to-come line of omens that he’s destined for an early-ending career?

I hate to be that over-dramatic in this type of situation, but it is a question that needs to be asked. I can’t help but feel awful for the guy. He’s such a humble athlete and works as hard as anybody in professional sports, and now he’s got to get back to rehabbing another knee injury.

The positive outlook here is that at least he’ll be back this season, and within the next two months.

In the meantime, the Bulls will just have to go on without him and keep trying to win games. They still play great defense, but it’s clear that their struggling offense is going to take a major hit without Rose. I wouldn’t be surprised if they seek out a trade somewhere because they need someone who can create their own shot. And considering the injury-proneness of Kirk Hinrich and inexperience (and lack of talent) that Marquis Teague possesses, they’re going to need another point or combo guard who can come in and help.

Let’s all just hope Rose can come back healthy and strong a second time — and stay that way.

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