Everybody have their forks ready? Because you can go ahead and stick them in the Chicago Bulls. Derrick Rose has underwent successful surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus, but he will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season. Initially, it was thought that he might be able to return within a few weeks or maybe a couple of months, but at this time he’s being ruled out for the rest of the year.
It will be debated if Rose should come back or if he and Bulls are being overly cautious with the injury, but it really doesn’t matter – he’s not going to play anymore this year.
Now it becomes a question of what the Bulls will do moving forward. Will they carry out a plan like they did in 2012-13 without Rose and try to win as many games as possible? Or will they trade away some expiring contracts and get in solid position for next year’s draft?
I suppose there’s a lot of middle ground between those two options, but we all saw how the Rose-less Bulls fared in the playoffs last season. They’re good, but not good enough. It’s now time to move on to plan-B. Players like Carlos Boozer should be made available and the front office folks should do their best to clear the books the rest of the way this season.
Rose should be back ‘fully healthy’ next year, but it’s now a matter of regrouping and putting more talent around him. That should come in the form of the 2014 draft and free agency.