Rose has meniscus tear, out indefinitely

By K.C. Johnson, Tribune reporter
LOS ANGELES — The Bulls announced on Saturday that subsequent examinations and an MRI confirmed a medial meniscus tear to Derrick Rose’s right knee, which will require surgery.

He is out indefinitely, and will not accompany the team on the rest of its current road trip.

Some athletes have returned after a four to five week absence from this injury. Given Rose’s torn ACL on his other knee, they likely will be conservative.

Rose suffered the injury cutting on a non-contact play Friday night in Portland, Ore., and left the arena on crutches. Privately, team officials and teammates feared the worst-case scenario given that Rose is just 19 months removed from tearing his left ACL and missing all of last season.

While Rose’s absence will add to the sputtering start the Bulls have experienced, particularly on top of the week-to-week loss of Jimmy Butler, it avoids the franchise-altering event of a torn ACL.

After Rose sat out all last season to rehabilitate his left knee, the 2013-14 Bulls were kept intact for one, final championship run. The reshaping of the roster, widely assumed to transpire next summer, likely won’t be accelerated given Rose’s scheduled return this season.

Still, the Bulls, who are well-versed to playing without Rose, understand what losing their star for any time means.

“It’s a huge loss,” guard Kirk Hinrich said. “Everything we do is built around him. Losing one of the best players in the league obviously changes the landscape of things. I just feel bad for him personally.”

The news reverberated throughout the sports world, a testament to the brotherhood of athletes and Rose’s popularity as a humble, hard-working superstar. Athletes from a wide variety of sports offered well-wishes for Rose’s recovery.

“I know how much work he has put into his rehab and the type of person and player he is,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “So I feel for him because of all the things that he does and what they mean to our team.”

The Bulls played most of the shortened lockout season in 2011-12 without Rose as he battled through a variety of injuries. Then came the opening game of the 2012 playoffs against the 76ers on April 28, when Rose jump-stopped on the United Center floor and crumpled out of sight for a full season.

Now, the Bulls face another road without their most dynamic star, but not one as long as originally feared.

“Guys have just got to pick it up,” Luol Deng said. “Obviously, it’ll be a setback not having him. But we’ve been there before. We’ve just got to play together.”

Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

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4 comments

  • Tank

    All these injuries and sitting out AFTER they paid him that big money?! He's learned how to play the system and now he's rich forever lmao!

  • CHRIS

    CTO: MESSAGE
    Actually…..the Bulls should be tanking to draft a superstar instead of stealing one from another team.This team need to be blown up.Like you said, Rose has no help and Rose himself should no longer be considered a guy who can win a ring by himself.The FO has to learn from the history of Grant Hill,T-Mac, and Michael Redd and not wait year after year for Rose to be healthy. Rose will still be a major part of the team but the Bulls need a guy who can carry the load whenever Rose is hurt.

    As I see it, this is the decision the FO has to make. First, trade Deng and Noah. Preferably to two different teams, try to acquire a mid-late pick and expiring contracts for Deng and a lottery pick and expiring contracts for Noah. It's not there fault and they are very good players but this roster has ran its course. Amnesty Boozer as planned in the off-season. Keep Kirk (if he'll sign for less), trade Dunleavy, keep Taj, Jimmy, Murphy, Snell, and Teague. Extend their minutes so they can all develop. Try to do well in next years draft. Sign at least a offensive star player, not a superstar but Monta/Mayo type. Sign quality vets for depth. I don't like doing the armchair GM thing but I just hope they think like this.

  • sammy

    First off, my thoughts and prayers to this young man whose had a rough couple years. Have faith, you will recover, as you did in the past.

    Now, this team isn't winning a championship even with a healthy Rose! There's way too much pressure for one guy. They have a shot with another superstar, nothing less! Most likely, this team is getting blown up this year.

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