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Rose’s doctor thinks he could be out longer than reported

May 15, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

Derrick Rose AP

Yesterday we told you the good newsDerrick Rose’s knee surgery went about as well as could be hoped and he was told the recovery time would be eight months.

Or, that is what he wanted to hear.

Rose’s doctor spoke with ESPNChicago.com and

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will be out at least 8-12 months after undergoing surgery to repair his left ACL, said Dr. Brian Cole, who performed the surgery on Saturday.

Eight months brings him back around the first of the year. But the idea he might not return until the All-Star break or later is now out there and not unrealistic. Obviously, waiting 12 months means waiting until the playoffs begin. No doubt Rose is young and will work diligently on his rehab, but these things go at their own pace.

Two quick thoughts:

First, better to do this right and not rush back. Rose is a special player with a long career ahead of him. He wants to be back on the court but the big-picture truth is a whole lost season is better than coming back too quickly and risking a setback or worse.

Second, it’s going to be interesting to see who the Bulls go out and try to get this summer to be the Rose stand-in until he returns. Nothing against C.J. Watson, but the Bulls need another point now.

  1. cosmicatomic - May 15, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Tough situation. Frankly, I think the Bulls should basically prepare for an entire season without Rose. Better safe than sorry. And realistically, what are the chances Rose comes back from a torn up knee mid to late season and makes an impact? I would just get him strong and healthy for 2013-2014. And that’s what really sucks about this injury…..basically stole 2 attempts to win a title from a guy who looked like he could be poised to do so.

  2. andyprough - May 15, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Nash as a one year rental for a championship run?

    • acdc363 - May 15, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      Anywhere but Miami is fine with me!

  3. lakerluver - May 15, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Take your time, D. Rose, no sense in ruining your career by rushing back too soon.

  4. zacksdad - May 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    They should tank the season, get in the draft lottery. They will do no where in the playoffs next year.

    • gmen4life33 - May 15, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      worked for the Spurs when Robinson got injured and they got Tim Duncan

  5. glink123 - May 15, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Chauncey Billips, reunited with Rip Hamilton. Go Bulls.

  6. jimeejohnson - May 15, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Rose will be greatly missed on the upcoming USA Olympic team. Hope he brings his Triple A game back to the NBA. Signed: fan of this great game!

  7. detroitcityryda - May 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Dude could have been a star now he will be a bust he will never be the same player again ,and these injuries only repeat their selves not long after the 1st one ..all this after they hyped him as the next Jordan and on that magazine cover .basketball gods didn’t like that I’m assuming .

  8. liljere24 - May 15, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    His game is based on explosion pretty much and getting to the hoop. After a brutal injury like that you have to wonder if he will ever be the same? His body was already breaking down at a disturbing pace at his age. Just hope for the best I guess. Shows what happens when you build around one player, bulls need more offensive weapons.

  9. iowahbr - May 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Hope two things:

    1. That he comes back as strong and explosive as he was before the injury. We can wait if he misses all of next year.
    2. That he learns how to change his game so that he doesn’t have to rely on those kamikaze drives to the bucket and that he can be a winner at 10 points and 10 assists per game. Being a 25 points per game point guard is not a 15 year NBA career.

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