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Derrick Rose’s surgery successful, could be 8 month rehab

May 14, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

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The good news is it went well.

Derrick Rose had successful knee surgery on Saturday to repair his torn ACL, reports Aggrey Sam at Rose also received platelet-rich plasma therapy during the operation in hopes of speeding recovery.

The question now is how long he will be out.

Rose was told it will be an eight-month rehab, reports the Sun-Times. For those of you who don’t have a calendar up in front of you, this would bring Rose back right around the first of the year, a couple months into the NBA season. Which is in time for him to build up his conditioning, shake off the rust and get right by the time the playoffs start.

For a lot of teams being without their star for the first couple months of the season could be a disaster, but the way the Bulls play without Rose they should be fine and in the upper half of the East. Then it all becomes about being right for the playoffs, and the Bulls deserve some good Karma in that category after this season.

  1. rgledz - May 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Wow! It was a success!! Imagine that. Like the team is going to have a press release and say “ya, the doctor’s totally screwed this one up, it’s pretty bad.”

  2. zidanevalor - May 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I know medicine is getting better and better, but this is still a torn ACL. Even 8 months seems dicey to me.

    I know it would be an unpopular thought among Bulls fans, but would it be in the best long-term interest of the franchise to shut Rose down for all 2012-13, and then he comes back in October after 17-18 months? Most guys don’t fully recover until Year Two anyway.

    • madmediaman - May 14, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      Probably looking at 6 months for the ACL to regrow and strengthen. It would be interesting to know if it was a cadaver procedure or if they used his own ligament tissue… I suspect the later. My daughter had that procedure after her 1 season of high school ball and it worked out great for her (used tissue from her hamstring).

      At least another two months of conditioning to even get in shape and be ready to go. But he wont be the same player next season… he’ll be close in the playoffs, but his lateral movement will suffer.

      • Kurt Helin - May 16, 2012 at 12:08 AM

        They used his own ligament.

      • madmediaman - May 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM

        Good, that seems to be a much more successful procedure

  3. rdssc - May 14, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    If the Bulls were smart they would amnesty Boozer, force Deng to have surgery after the olympics and miss most of next year, and make Rose sit until April. They always sell out even when they suck so having one down year to get a chance at the pingpong balls is worth it. Just ask San Antonio how that worked out when David Robinson missed that season. Let everyone heal up and rebuild on the fly. The new economic model of the NBA does not support this team the way it is constructed and Rose will be close to past his prime by the time they fix it. You can not have a max player that plays soft and inconsistent like Boozer. Especially when his back up Taj Gibson is just about the same player. This injury could be the best thing to happen to Rose and Bulls if they play their cards right.

  4. canehouse - May 14, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Hope he has a successful recovery too!

  5. bringin1234 - May 14, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    yeah we deserve some good karma for sure….my hearts still broken after the events of game one….then noah

    but get rid of boozer, start Taj and lets get a 2 gaurd that can shoot and isnt 50 years old (unless its Ray Allen)

  6. boilerup1869 - May 14, 2012 at 6:17 PM


  7. asublimeday - May 14, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    No way, the fastest superstar in the NBA with the worlds best knee surgeons working on him for a fairly basic procedure went well? Well, that’s just crazy!

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