Posted November 24, 2013

Bulls’ Derrick Rose to undergo surgery for torn meniscus in knee

Ben Golliver, Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, Portland Trail Blazers

Derrick Rose left the arena on crutches after being injured on Friday night in Portland. (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)

Derrick Rose left the arena on crutches after being injured on Friday night in Portland. (Steve Dykes/USA TODAY Sports)

Former MVP Derrick Rose will have surgery for a medial meniscus tear in his right knee, the Bulls announced Saturday. The three-time All-Star point guard will be listed as out indefinitely until after the procedure.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the diagnosis and pegs Monday as the surgery date.

Rose suffered the non-contact injury during the third quarter of Chicago’s 98-95 loss to the Trail Blazers on Friday night in Portland. He left the arena on crutches and underwent an MRI on Saturday.

Rose departed with 3:20 remaining in the third period after pulling up during a backdoor cut. He finished with 20 points (on 6-for-19 shooting), five rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes.

“He has pain and felt like he couldn’t push off the right knee,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Friday. “I don’t want to speculate on what it is or what it might be other than my concern for him. I know how much work he’s put into his rehab, that’s the type of person he is, that’s the type of player he is. So concern for that, I feel for him because of all the things that he means to our team.”

A specific recovery timeline for Rose is not yet known, but a meniscus tear isn’t necessarily a season-ending injury. It’s a significantly less serious injury than the ACL tear Rose suffered in his other knee during the 2012 playoffs that led him to sit out the entire 2012-13 season.

Rose’s timeline will likely be determined by the type of surgery doctors pursue. Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee during the 2013 playoffs and he elected to have the tear repaired, ending his season. He returned in November after a second arthroscopic surgery on the knee during training camp.

A meniscus removal, rather than a repair, carries a shorter timeline.

Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin suffered a medial meniscus tear in July 2012 that kept him out of the London Olympics, but he was ready for training camp in October 2012 and he reported feeling “100 percent” less than two months after the surgery. In April, then-Lakers forward Metta World Peace returned just 12 days after meniscus surgery. And, in a decision that has been second-guessed repeatedly, former Blazers All-Star guard Brandon Roy played in a 2010 postseason game just eight days after meniscus surgery.

The Bulls will surely pursue a cautious and patient approach with Rose, who is in the second year of a five-year, $94 million contract that runs through the 2016-17 season.

Chicago is also without starting shooting guard Jimmy Butler, who is sidelined with turf toe, putting Thibodeau into short-term crisis mode with his lineups. Mike Dunleavy has started in place of Butler and Kirk Hinrich will surely start in place of Rose. Reserve point guard Marquis Teague’s role will increase and rookie wing Tony Snell will also likely find his way into the rotation.

Rose, 25, is averaging 15.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 35.4 percent this season.

The Bulls are in the midst of a six-game road trip. They will play the Clippers on Sunday in Los Angeles.

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61 comments
gunchy
gunchy

can't believe he didn't elect to have his meniscus removed. Very little ROI  from this man.

rh2000
rh2000

Time to trade him away and get what you can!  

Young man can't stay healthy and will set your rebuilding back 3 to 4 years if you hang on to him.


Good luck Rose!

amorosotom
amorosotom

Knowing Rose's super cautious approach, we won't see Rose play again until the new season. 

Udaho
Udaho

It's sad to learn that one of the most exiting guards to watch is out indefinitely. We don't know how he will come back from this one. Keep your head up bro!

Big Jeff
Big Jeff

Trade for Dumars, Stuckey and Jennings.

Phllip
Phllip

Feel so bad for Rose..player who was no where near hitting his peak and i honestly don't see how he ever will at this point..i know they say never say never but considering the age players hit their peak in the NBA, i think Rose is done..hope he comes back stronger than ever but now he has 2 serious injuries to recover from..on top of Other injuries that have accumulated through out his career. Best of luck tho

PatrickBatemanVP
PatrickBatemanVP

I didn't know there were so many Orthopedic Surgeons who post on SI.com.

StevenYaniz
StevenYaniz

Things I shouldn't say about D.Rose's injury...but I WILL 
1- Atleast he never lost his touch with the crutches
2- D.Rose sneakers now come with training wheels and a frequent emergency room punch card
3- D.Wade called to wish him well, he counted three rings before he left a voicemail
4- Chicago PD plans on installing D.Rose Basketball courts at all high crime areas, this way the criminals will be easier to catch as they limp down the street.
5- Click Click Shuffle, the new DWTS D.Rose dance move
6- Chicago Bulls will save money on replacement sneakers
7- Playoffs, PLAYOFFS???
8- Someone get Mr. Miyagi, Derek-san had his knee swept again
9- At least D.Rose can now spend as much time as needed signing up on Healthcare.gov
10- All D.Rose has to do now is marry a Kardashian to complete the trifecta!!!

spiderminion
spiderminion

Trade him to a rebuilding team (right before he returns and when there's a lot of good press that he looks healthy). 

Fake Trade 1: The Knicks should be a viable trade candidate when they are a sure lock to miss the playoffs. D-Rose and Deng for Anthony and Shumpert (throw in other players to make the salary work). Doesn't that Bulls team suddenly feel like the Iverson's 76ers that made it all the way to the finals? As for the Knicks, I think a healthy D-Rose will do more wonders for them than Anthony, and this would be their first step to a total rebuild.

Fake Trade 2: D-Rose to the C's for Rondo. It's no secret that Ainge wants to trade Rondo. This way, they could continue tanking and have a less crazy superstar guard (when healthy) to pair with Wiggins/Randle/Parker. Rondo, while crazy, is a warrior and should fit right in with the Bulls.

knicksfan997
knicksfan997

Ok, Derrick Rose is potentially going to come back sooner now because of the removal of his meniscus. Yes this surgery has a shorter recovery time. But long term this could be bad. In most cases, especially for basketball players... a removal of the meniscus means the knee is more prone to bruising and constant pain. This leads to progressing, degenerative arthritis of the knee joint. Derrick Rose is 25 years old and I'm assuming the way he plays won't change. If I'm a Bulls fan im worried about this team long term.

P.S. Also worried about the Knicks long-term as they suck

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

"only God knows........again"--------rose

sptsguy12345
sptsguy12345

after this surgery heals… speculation is he'll be out 2 to 4 weeks for a hangnail  and then another two with the sniffles.  teams need to start structuring no play no pay contracts if they aren't already doing so.  

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

The Derrick Rose injuries remind me a lot of how Grant Hill's career went.  The potential was there to be one of the greats.  I hope Rose doesn't end up being one of those players that we wonder what might have been.

slickwilly
slickwilly

It's a darn shame since Rose seems like one of the good guys in the NBA, but he's already gotten paid. I think he'll live alright.

M20
M20

There's really no way to know how long this will take. A meniscus tear could mean the rest of the season or it could mean a few weeks. This is a bad sign for Rose as far as durability though.

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

And then he'll be out the rest of this season and part of the next.  LOL   What a fragile prima-donna.  Stick a fork in him, he's done. 

nubiantimes
nubiantimes

He plays way too reckless. I for one don't like his style of game. He is athletic but as the saying goes he looks as if he is trying too hard and by the sound of the latest injury, he probably is. If Chicago was smart they would trade him. 

huntermark12
huntermark12

I picked up my Derrick Rose jersey yesterday. The suit is tailored perfectly.

senecadoss
senecadoss

They should have kept Nate Robinson!

OK
OK

Give Rosey with the guaranteed contract more time to work on what matters most to him:

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DirtyPantiesLover1
DirtyPantiesLover1

$94 million? wow. really, wow. that's like hitting the lottery 94 times in your life.

DoubleTreble
DoubleTreble

It's only a meniscus, he could be back in 2 weeks.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@Phllip A torn meniscus is not that big of a deal, why they are saying it's season ending is the strange part. A meniscus tear should be able to be repaired and have him back on the court in 6-8 weeks. There has to be more to this story

amorosotom
amorosotom

@PatrickBatemanVP You don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. Tip of the hat to Bob Dylan.  This is a forum where people can express their doubts, opinions and insights. Jeez, lighten up. 

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@PatrickBatemanVP You don't have to be an orthopedic surgeon to know what the injury,surgery,recovery time is for a torn meniscus. It is a common injury and an abundance of athletes, pro or recreational deal with it every day. 

Phllip
Phllip

@knicksfan997 yeah Rose will have some sort of arthritis despite the rehab he does for the knee…he'll never be the same. I currently have a meniscus tear i'm getting surgery on in a month and though I should be fine a few weeks after, the long term effects will suck. Rose doesn't have the time span that I do giving his career

PappyBoyington
PappyBoyington

@sptsguy12345 It's not funny this guy has worked his butt off to play well.  Times when this kind of humor is just not appropriate. 

PhilipBrown
PhilipBrown

@KristianColasacco 

It already is at that point, his potential is now gone, he will have to be a different player when he comes back


Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@M20 He does seem to be on the brittle side, doesn't he.

WestcoastMD
WestcoastMD

@huntermark12 Hope that suit helps you with your job prospects. I hear Arby's offers employees a roast beef sandwich for every 6 hours shift they work. I also hear your mom offers her roast beef to anyone with half a pulse and a few rocks to spare. Loser. But hey, nice cornrows in your avitar. Moron.

geewhiz
geewhiz

@DoubleTreble Well lets hope he isn't.  This guy doesn't need to be rushing back, he needs to get healthy.  Feel bad for him (yea I know he got paid, but damn)..

Sharkie
Sharkie

Westcoast "MD", you need help for your seething rage. You embarrass yourself. I logged on just to see what people are saying and you're by far the most irrationally unhinged. It's kind of funny, really. You're aware it's just a game and he's just a player, right? With $100M. He'll be just fine. You on the other hand will carry your detrimental anger throughout your whole life, proving to all just how low-brow and busch league sports fans can be (although I'm confident your rage isn't limited to sports). You think your hero Rose writes with such vitriol? If you love him so much, take a page out of his book act conduct yourself with a little dignity.

PhilipBrown
PhilipBrown

@HeatzNation__HIYA @DoubleTreble  

Westbrook was out for the rest of the playoffs, and didn't come back till November, but he also needed additional knee surgery during training camp, or he would have been ready for the season

LisaRiley
LisaRiley

@HeatzNation__HIYA @DoubleTreble if you have the portion of the meniscus that is damaged (or the whole thing removed) it is 4-6 weeks.  However, it will shorten the length of an athletes career.  If they have the meniscus surgically repaired, they can be out 4-8 months.  Metra World Peace came back in 12 days after having it removed.