Bulls Lose Derrick Rose to Torn Meniscus
The nightmare will not end for Derrick Rose. The Chicago Bulls star sustained yet another knee injury on Tuesday and could be done for the year for the third season in a row.
Per reports, Rose sustained a tear to his right meniscus for the second time in two years. This is Rose’s third knee injury in the past four years, as he tore his left ACL back in the 2011 NBA playoffs and missed the entire 2012 NBA season. Rose made his comeback from that injury in 2013, but his first meniscus tear ended his season prematurely after just 10 games.
It looked like Rose was finally getting back to himself this year, however, as he managed to play in the most games in since 2010 (46) before his latest injury. Rose is expected to undergo surgery relatively soon and is likely done for the remainder of the regular season and quite possibly the playoffs, as well.
Derrick Rose’s Future
This latest meniscus tear is not believed to be quite as serious as the one Rose sustained a year ago, but anything with the knee is bad and given his injury history, the Bulls are likely to be extra cautious with him. Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson reportedly suggested that the “initial belief” is that this tear “is not as extensive” as his previous one. However, the last one took Rose a full nine months to come back from, so that still could mean a lengthy absence.
Bulls Playoff Hopes
With a healthy and improving Rose, the Bulls were a legit contender to make it through the Eastern Conference to the NBA Finals. They were battling the Cleveland Cavaliers for first place in the Central division and had a shot at a top-three seed. Unfortunately, that’s all probably going to change.
Chicago was relatively shaky on defense even before Rose went down and without their star point guard they’ll see a major talent downgrade to the likes of Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich at the point. Chicago still has Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah to lean on, but this news is devastating both morally and from a talent perspective. It’s probably a good idea to hold any bets on the Bulls winning it all this year.
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