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Report: Derrick Rose to have surgery Monday, likely to repair meniscus and end season

Nov 24, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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Derrick Rose will have surgery on his right knee on Monday, coach Tom Thibodeau said Sunday.

Rose has a choice with getting his torn right meniscus repaired, although both options involve surgery (and it depends somewhat on the tear itself).

Both options have big impacts on the Bulls front office and its next move.

One option is to have the meniscus just removed — that gets you back on the court more quickly, he could go in the playoffs this season most likely, but it would shorten his career.

Removing the meniscus is what Dwyane Wade had done 11 years ago. Remember how he has looked at the end of the last few seasons.

The other option is to have it repaired, which likely extends Rose’s career but would mean roughly six months of recovery, ending his season.

Repair is what Russell Westbrook just had done. He injured himself in April and was not ready to play at the start of this season a little more than six months later. However, his explosiveness is back.

Rose is leaning toward getting it repaired, reports K.C. Johnson at the Chicago Tribune.

Sources said Rose likely will opt to have the meniscus reattached, which would be better for the long-term but sideline him longer. Team physician Brian Cole, who repaired Rose’s left ACL, is the leading candidate to perform this surgery as well.

If he is out for the season, Rose will have played 50 total games the last three seasons Johnson points out.

That has long-term impacts for the Bulls. Understand that in the East — especially one struggling like it is now — the Bulls are a playoff team still without Rose and maybe even still a top 5 seed. But they are not title contenders.

They had kept the band together with Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer, then brought in Mike Dunleavy Jr. to benefit from Rose’s drive-and-kicks, thinking that they would have a shot at a title. Without Rose there is no shot.

Which means likely means changes and planning to the future.

Aggrey Sam spells it out at

If that goal, a belief that was held throughout the organization, is judged to no longer be in the realm of possibility, then looking toward a future that includes All-Star center Joakim Noah, top reserve Taj Gibson (in a slightly more prominent role, as the decision to amnesty power forward Carlos Boozer would be made easier), currently sidelined swingman Jimmy Butler (and potentially, his fellow 2011 draftee Nikola Mirotic, last season’s Euroleague MVP) and Rose as the nucleus might be the way to go. Figuring out who’s a keeper amongst second-year point guard Marquis Teague and rookies Tony Snell and Erik Murphy becomes a priority, as does immediately exploring Deng’s present value around the league — getting his full worth in return is virtually impossible, as he’ll be considered a half-season rental entering unrestricted free agency, but surely there’s a team out there that views him as a missing piece to making a postseason run and perhaps convincing him to stick around in the future in the process, while allowing the Bulls to not risk him walking away for nothing — and even Boozer’s.

What Sam also doesn’t mention is that if you amnesty Boozer the Bulls would have almost $13 million under the cap to offer a free agent a near max deal to join that core. That’s not going to land LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony (‘Melo would be a poor fit with Rose anyway), but the money plus playing in Chicago for a contender might lure second tier guys like Pau Gasol, Danny Granger, Rudy Gay (don’t like that fit personally) or other guys who might fit well like Spencer Hawes. Or you can save that money to go after guys in the 2015 free agent class.

Look for the Bulls to start making moves. As long as Rose does decide to go ahead with the repair.

  1. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Don’t remove it. Dwade says he still regrets removing his meniscus. Drose should do whatever it takes to come back 110% healthy, he’s only 24 yrs old. Prayers^^^^^^ 4 he and the Bulls organization.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. Wade said this back in October:

      When Westbrook had his injury, they kind of saved his meniscus. Mine was taken out, and that opens you up to having certain knee injuries and problems, so that’s what I’ve had to deal with.

      …if everyone looked ahead and said, ‘Dwyane’s going to have a 20-year career, maybe we should do something different,’ maybe I wouldn’t have [knee issues].

    • captainwisdom8888 - Nov 25, 2013 at 6:44 AM

      take away the money…. the fame….. the lifestyle…… and what do you have left?

      nothing if you cant stay on the court

  2. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    What would you have left? #Everything #DRose #HashTagLikeTwitter

  3. 13arod - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    this is why drose sucks

    • apkyletexas - Nov 24, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      He’s on an accelerated pace to be the next Tracy McGrady or Penny Hardaway.

      Too bad that players who are actually accomplishing something in this league, like Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, don’t get any coverage. Just because Nike or Adidas doesn’t throw a ton of money behind their name.

      And if the Bulls’ front office really thought they had a title shot this year with that roster, they need a new front office.

      • pudgalvin - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        What exactly have Leonard and George accomplished that Rose hasn’t?

      • tuberippin - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        Tracy McGrady and Penny Hardaway were never as good as Derrick Rose has been, even with all the injuries. Derrick Rose is not only the youngest MVP in NBA history, but his MVP has been the only thing standing between LeBron James and six consecutive NBA MVPs.

        And while Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are fantastic young players, they’re not close to the level Derrick Rose put himself on before injuring himself.

      • belleby123 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        I’ll say one thing: there was one point in the Trailblazers game where their point guard was going after a loose ball. He was near half court and Derrick was near the other free throw line. Rose ran at some kind of turbo speed and beat the guy to the ball. I have never, ever, ever seen a guy in professional sports move that fast before. It is really a shame for the game of basketball to see a guy with this much athletic talent get injured this much.

      • allday420ap - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:09 AM

        Bellebbye, I hear your point, but you’ve definitely never watched hockey then.

      • kavika6 - Nov 25, 2013 at 6:05 AM

        “What exactly have Leonard and George accomplished that Rose hasn’t?”

        Finished a season. Leonard was also a key piece in the finals that went to game 7.

      • pudgalvin - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:21 AM

        A key piece on a losing team. That’s something to hang your hat on.

    • stayhigh_247 - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      and you’re why haters suck

      • pfic15 - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        @tuberippin….go watch NBA TV since you weren’t born until the late 90s obviously. Tmac and/or/both were/are/no doubt BETTER than Rose.

    • ddpenny - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:55 AM

      @tuberippin really dude? i suggest you do some research.

  4. pudgalvin - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Still think talk of him missing the season is way premature. The injury isn’t the same as Westbrooks, and Westbrook had to have a second surgery. Blake Griffin’s tear is closer to Rose’s, and he was more in a 3 month timetable. I know it complicates things that Rose is coming of surgery on the other knee, but anyone that says he’s out for the season is just guessing at this point.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 24, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Even if he does come back, look at how apprehensive he was after one knee surgery. It tooks months of speculation, and he admitted the mental aspect is what held him back. Now with two knees out, do you see him raring to jump in again at playoff time? He had that speculation last year.

      • bkallday52 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:08 AM

        if rose can return a little after all star break ( HOPEFULLY) …. he will most definitely be in good form come playoffs. Meniscus is totally different from acl..

    • pudgalvin - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      I agree, but this isn’t an acl. Very different surgery, very different recovery.

    • pudgalvin - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      I agree Peter, but I’m not going to give up hope quite yet. Very different surgery and recovery. If he can be ready 6 weeks or so before playoffs, I could see him coming back this year. But you’re right, the mental aspect is going to be tough, and I’m not sure anyone can find fault with that this time.

    • cofran2004 - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      It’s Derrick Rose. It’s going to take him all THIS season, to heal, and all NEXT season to get his confidence back. We won’t see him until 2015.

      What a waste of amazing talent.

  5. iowahbr - Nov 24, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    If Rose is going to be the future Noah has to go. You need a big man who can shoot and draws the defense away from the basket and that isn’t Noah. A shame as he is a great rebounder and defender but he does not fit with Rose or at least the old D. Rose..

  6. gameisours - Nov 24, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I can’t help but wonder why are there so many injured players (stars). I mean, before the lockout (only timely speaking), I do not recall so many stars being injured. In last 2-3 years bunch of stars were sidelined. I wish you could make a statistic report, if there’s any trend happening in this matter.

  7. ramrodmclean - Nov 24, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Do the Bulls have their 2014 1st-Round Pick?

  8. jimeejohnson - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:17 PM


  9. badgerbuck - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Every person heals differently from knee surgery.He may come back better then most people think.

  10. dolphindubs - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM


    Derrick Rose has had ONE spectacular season. Saying that Rose’s ONE great year makes him better than McGrady ever was is asinine. McGrady is a borderline Hall-of-Famer. Rose has been a one-hit wonder thus far.

  11. jhuck92 - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Get ready for another season of more “non-update” updates, Kurt. I know you’re looking forward to this again…

  12. 00maltliquor - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Oooh myyy Goood, noooo! You got to be kidding me, seriously? Get home from a 14 hr. work shift to come on and see THIS. How devastating, man I feel so bad for Derrick, I can’t imagine what he’s going through. I feel horrible for Rose, Bulls fans, the Bulls team,and for all of us getting robbed of another Derrickless year. You never want this to happen, especially for the length of time like this for the last 2 years on a transcendent talent like this guy Derrick. I can’t even throw out the generic, “keep your head up” here. Just sad.

  13. lcdcac - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    Mr. Glass. He’ll never be the same. Mainly because he will let this affect him mentally.

  14. kavika6 - Nov 25, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    One good year. Other than that he’s been about as ineffective as his fellow (adopted) Chicagoan that now lives in the white house.

    • pfic15 - Nov 25, 2013 at 7:59 PM


  15. ravenswhat - Nov 25, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    No heart. Sorry bulls fans.

  16. drago2012 - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    It is those damn shoes that are causing all these injuries. When he made that quick pivot his shoe seemed to get stuck for a second on the floor causing his knee to slightly collapse. I think they should examine these new basketball shoes a little closer. I know they look good and all , but they may not be functional for the sport of basketball. These guys are moving so much faster today then let’s say twenty years or so ago. On some of those quick move something has to give slightly and you certinally don’t want to transfer all that load on the knee or any othe important joint.

    • robones - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      I really think you are on to something. Just look how tennis players stop and move and change directions. They slide a bit before changing directions which may help lessen the impact created on the joints. Maybe in basketball, they can develop a material that allows minor loss of friction to allow a small slide or something. I also agree, the increase in knee injuries is staggering.

  17. drago2012 - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Rose is a good young man, and he will recover much quicker then most people think. We will surely see him on the court in about three months even if they have to repair the meniscus . He has a solid 12 year career in the NBA or perhaps longer if he develops other skill sets along the way. Bulls will have to give him another superstar next year in the likes of Lemarcus Aldridge. I am season ticket holder and I can see Rose was pushing too much, feeling he has to do everything. His supporting cast is very good but they are not superstar caliber players. At this level they were not capable of beating Miami and Indiana back to back. I am sure they were counting on some luck , but that is it. Keep Taj and Jimmy as the core to compliment Rose and trade the rest . Mirotic is coming and Aldridge wants to be in Chicago, so the Bulls management has a perfect opportunity to redeem them self’s and make things right for the Chicago fans and D Rose.

  18. iowahbr - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    This is all a shame as Rose is a great player, when healthy, and makes the games fun to watch. When he isn’t on the court the Bulls still win more than 50% but the games are like watching paint dry.
    With the draft rules as they are the Bulls will need to find a hidden flower in the draft as they won’t finish in the bottom 6 and finding that type of player is as much luck as skill.

  19. buddysguys - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    6-8 week injury in the NFL #whosthetrainer

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Recovery depends on the tear, but no this is not that fast after surgery. Sorry.

  20. bkoz1 - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Though I’m a huge Heat fan (since the expansion with Pat Cummings) I’m a bigger basketball fan and the league needs the electric Rose. Get healthy kid, again. We’ll get you at full strength next season and kick Noah’s butt. Good luck with the surgery… and again, F Noah and Yannick.

  21. lemfaxx - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Im not a fan of rose but i want him back 100%. Its fun to watch him and the bulls against my favorite team….

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