Posted November 25, 2013

Derrick Rose undergoes surgery to repair torn meniscus, will miss remainder of the season

Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich, Rob Mahoney
(Cameron Browne/Getty Images)

Derrick Rose will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season. (Cameron Browne/Getty Images)

After just 10 games, Derrick Rose’s comeback campaign is over. The Bulls announced Monday that Rose has undergone a successful surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

This represents the more cautious of the two surgical options that were on the table for Rose. Had he wanted to come back this season at all costs, Rose could  have undergone a procedure with a shorter recovery timeline but more painful long-term implications. Instead, the 25-year-old Rose seems to have taken the more patient path, which the Bulls likely endorsed given their long-term interests in Rose’s future. Rose is Chicago’s highest-paid player at $17.6 million this season and he has three more years remaining on a five-year, $94 million contract extension that was signed in 2011.

Rose also missed the entire 2012-13 season with a torn ACL, and played just 39 of 66 games in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. In total, that puts Rose at less than 50 games played over a three-year span.

“Like Bulls fans everywhere, I was heartbroken when I heard of Derrick’s injury,” Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “We are happy to know that, according to his doctors, his surgery was successful, and in time, Derrick is expected to make a full recovery. Everyone at the Bulls knows firsthand how extremely hard Derrick worked to return to the court this year, and I have no doubt he will do the same with regards to his recovery from this injury. Despite Derrick’s absence, this is still a good team.  I know from last year, this team and coaching staff will continue to make our fans proud.”

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.”

The Bulls as an organization have taken an entirely different approach to Rose’s newest injury relative to his previous ACL tear. After Rose’s indefinite status throughout the 2012-13 season resulted in rumor-raised anticipation and heavy-handed backlash, Chicago has now declared upfront that this latest surgery will rule Rose out for the year. That way there can be no expectation of Rose’s return for a potential playoff run, and no reading between the lines as far as the team’s reluctance to rule him out. His season is finished, and all that remains to be seen is how his rehabilitation progresses and how the Bulls proceed from here.

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. The initial returns weren’t promising; in Chicago’s first game without Rose, the Bulls endured a 39-point beatdown from the Clippers on the road. The Bulls managed to win 45 games last season as Rose rehabilitated from a torn ACL, though any efforts to subsist this season would pose a greater challenge. Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli, both of whom played valuable roles as ball handlers and scorers for the Bulls last year, are no longer in Chicago after signing elsewhere during free agency. In their place, an overmatched Kirk Hinrich, underwhelming Jeff Teague, and over-the-hill Mike James will initiate offense for the Bulls.

74 comments
MikeJohnson5
MikeJohnson5

Again, treatment for knee pain depends on your specific injury. Mild to moderate injuries that cause knee pain will often heal on their own, given time. To speed the healing, you can:

  • Rest your knee. Give your knee a rest for a few days and avoid intense activity.
  • Ice your knee to reduce pain and swelling. Do it for 20-30 minutes every 3-4 hours for 2-3 days or until the pain is gone.
  • Compress your knee. Use an elastic bandage, straps' or sleeves to keep down swelling or add support.
  • Elevate your knee on a pillow when you're sitting or lying down to reduce swelling.

www.footsolutions.ca

bambam824
bambam824

Poor guy, the desire is there but the body let him down.

BudPhyte
BudPhyte

You can't expect a sports star to be as tough as sports fans.  Judging from the comments, the typical fan would have played right through a knee injury.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Headline today after the jazz game saying "rose-less Bulls" needs to stop as EVERY game will now be "rose -less Bulls"...........just like LAST year when glass boy tanked.

WilliamLeach
WilliamLeach

Bulls has one of the smartest ownership/management teams in the NBA! Best thing going for D. Rose right now is his age! He'll be fine and the Bulls are still going to make the play-offs! Not sure of the ruling but Bulls probably have the option to reinstate Rose this season if rehab goes well! Sad but still plenty of hope!! Later for all the haters!!!

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

At least he has that college degree to fall back on.

OK
OK

The Chicago Shoe Salesman doesn't care.

The Chicago Shoe Salesman has 17,632,688 reasons not to give a damn this season.

The Converse Marketing Puppy has 18,862,876 reasons not to give a damn next season.

The Chicago Sneaker Fiend has 20,093,064 reasons not to give a damn in two seasons.

The Converse Executive Veep-wannabe has 21,323,252 reasons not to give a damn in three seasons.

All guaranteed. 

Rosey got his money. Just like the Baroness in Clipper Land.

The Baroness never cared about basketball; the Chicago Shoe Salesman never cared about basketball.

bofureturn
bofureturn

he will never have the same explosiveness in his game. its all downhill from here.

rma101560
rma101560

He just needs to be patient.  Danny Granger will be joining him on the sidelines in street clothes before too long.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

It's not like they were doing well with him either at 6-6

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

more like career over, this guy is done

life_is_a_sport
life_is_a_sport

At least Grant Hill had 5-6 good seasons before he was ruined by injury.

TheZarrr
TheZarrr

What an easy way to continue to collect $17 million. If I were a Bulls fan, I'd be pretty hacked off, especially after he sat out the entire 2012 year. Hey Rose, why not return some of that salary so the Bulls can get someone that CAN play basketball instead of looking pretty on the sideline. WOW!!!

jchanowitz
jchanowitz

Painful, and a time for serious rationalizations if you're a Bulls fan.  So... It didn't feel like they were going to win a championship this year anyways.  Noah and Heinrich are bound to be injured a lot, and they're just not deep enough.  And they sure need more scoring.  I think it's time to get into hockey, do some serious reshuffling on how the team is put together, and check in again next year.   I may even have to actually root for the Pacers.

CoSproBuckeye
CoSproBuckeye

3-4 months!? I would expect a meniscus to keep him out 6-8 weeks. Unless they do microfracture surgery, which requires many months recovery, he should only miss about 25 games. What aren't we hearing about this?

softasbutter
softasbutter

You Americans are a bunch of soft sissys in the australian football league this injury happens all the time and the player always comes back in about 3-4 month's

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

wonder what color suit he'll wear on the sidelines this season?

NEsports27
NEsports27

Well that's it for the Bulls this year.  See you at the lottery for Wiggins

Mark158
Mark158

Its marcus teague genius. lololol

Mark158
Mark158

JEFF TEAGUE LOL NBI.SI.COM LMAO

ruggerrick9
ruggerrick9

One thing is for certain.  Derrick Rose will always chose the path that best benefits Derrick Rose.   Congratulations, Bulls fans, your season is over.  Again.

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

Should be medically cleared by next season meaning, what, we'll see in sometime early in the 15-16 season?

JHodges
JHodges

Sounds like he has the same issues that Darren McFadden from the Raiders has. Loves to collect the paychecks, just doesn't want to earn them. Do away with these guaranteed contracts and start firing these lazy good for nothing wanna b's.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

@WilliamLeach  Sorry he was cleared LAST year and WUSSED out by not playing. His head IS screwed big time now and will be afraid to ever step on the court again.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@TheZarrr I'm a Bulls fan, but the dude has had two serious injuries.  I'm sure he doesn't want to have the connective tissue in his legs snapping like rubber bands.

Yea, the Bulls are probably screwed, but that's life in professional sports. 

Hopefully Bulls management has the balls now to blow the team up and tank for a lottery pick, because they're not winning a championship in the next two years no matter what they do.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@RaymondSmith Karma?  Really?  What terrible thing has Derrick Rose done to deserve two catastrophic knees injuries?

aeronaut
aeronaut

@jchanowitz 

I got into hockey last year, and it paid off pretty well.  Staying there until the Bulls can play over .600 ball.

rma101560
rma101560

@CoSproBuckeye : I had a torn meniscus and after surgery, my surgeon said if I rehabbed properly, I would be back to normal in 6 months.  He was right.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@CoSproBuckeye Apparently what you're not hearing is from a real doctor.

They said last week, that it depends on the severity of the injury.  If they could just scope it and clean it out and the meniscus itself is just sprained, it would be a 3 week recovery at most, if they removed the meniscus entirely it's about the same recovery, but he risks having chronic knee issues like Brandon Roy, or if they couldn't just scope it and they decided to reattach, likely recovery period is 6 months.

So they went in today, realized it can't just be cleaned up, and they went with the better long term surgery.  Rest of the season, as expected.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@NEsports27 Maybe you are not aware that the Bulls went 45-37 without this guy last year.

jchanowitz
jchanowitz

@ChrisHigginbotham Andrew Toney.  Guards seem to have different stress points than centers.  

I hope he can come back.  Frank Gore had both knees when he as in college.  He's done ok.

potriot
potriot

@ruggerrick9 Does rugerrick pay Rose's paycheck, maybe he should shut the hell up. The same could be said of where you work, but that's doubtful if you do.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@JHodges You're saying he's lazy because he blew out his knee?  Really?

Some really dumb comments today.

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@JHodges How exactly does a legitimate injury that requires surgery equate to being lazy? Please fill us in, professor. 

J Diddy
J Diddy

@JHodges He won an MVP and took his team to the conference finals. How does that make him a) lazy, or b) a wannabe? Hate the game, not the … well, you know the rest.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@JoeCabot @NEsports27 Bulls had a better bench last year, and they were already expected to let Deng go after the season so now he's virtually guaranteed to be traded as soon as they find a good deal.  They'd be stupid to do anything but strip the team down to its core parts (Noah, Rose, Butler and Gibson) and possibly even tank for a lottery pick.

oster35
oster35

@J Diddy @JHodges He has such a passion for basketball theres no way he'd play for just the money