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Derrick Rose’s surgery successful, meniscus repaired but he is out for season

Nov 25, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

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At just age 25, Derrick Rose and the Bulls needed to think long term about his recovery from another knee surgery. They did.

The Bulls announced that Rose has undergone his knee surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee and he is done for the season.

Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee — not the one he had surgery on more than a year ago — after making a hard cut Friday night against Portland. It was a non-contact injury.

His choice to get it repaired is not a surprise and is the right one. While Rose could have had his meniscus removed and been back on the court this season most likely, it would have shortened his career. Removal is what Dwyane Wade had done and look at him the end of the last few seasons.

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Repair is generally how this is handled now, as it was with Russell Westbrook, he is back and explosive as ever. However, it took him a little more than six months to get back on the court. And history tells us not to expect Rose to beat estimates.

It was the right move.

It also leaves the Bulls with a lot of questions going forward about the makeup of this team — do they consider trading Luol Deng? Do they start to make moves that set them up to go after major free agents in the future they can pair with Rose to make this team a contender? That’s what Bulls’ management has to deal with now.

  1. apkyletexas - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    They need to stop “building around Rose”. He might come back and be a serviceable guard in the future, but they need a new superstar and a new direction.

    • zeedoubleyou - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      True, but it’s not like superstars grow on trees. Rose was the first one that Chicago has gotten since MJ. Many other franchises are still looking for one.

      • eventhorizon04 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        This. There are a dozen NBA franchises still looking for their first true superstar.

        It took a decade for the Bulls to find a superstar to replace MJ.

        Bulls either go All-In on Derrick Rose, or risk spending a decade (or more) in the wilderness looking for a new #1 guy.

        I completely understand why the Bulls would rather hope these turn out to be a fluke 2 knee injuries rather than the start of a trend.

    • bkallday52 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      that would be dumb of chicago.. Hes only 25 yea hes had two set backs but hes definately shown flashes of returning to his old playing in the past few games ( stats show) .. Rose will be fine .. a meniscus injury is not career threatening unless u remove the meniscus which he has not done… people such as wade stoudemire and roy have done that and u can see what toll its had on their career… westbrook came bacc well from it , expect rose to do the same .. Hes a proven franchise player

    • 2difshoe - Nov 25, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      Agree…Rose will never be physically or mentally as tough as he was before the 2 knee operation.
      49 total game is 3 years, you’ll never win a championship when your franchise player play’s 16 games a year.

      Time to start the rebuilding process, the current Bulls roster had a 3 year plan to bring a title to Chicago….it’s been 4 years now and the are no closer than they were before the 2 injuries to Rose.

      Heck, but Rose still has the $ 190 mil contract with the Bulls and Adidas….good for Rose….even 2 bad knee’s can’t take that away.

    • freddysanford - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      I never thought Rose was a superstar to begin with . Big scorer. Big whoop. Would never use his name in same sentence with the GOAT

      • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        You were always senile.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        But you were the GOAT as far as filthy mouth comedians were concerned.

  2. cbrown386 - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    As a Pacers fan, I truly do feel bad for Rose, the Bulls, the city of Chicago, and NBA fans in general. Really a shame to see this kid go down again. I can only hope that he comes back next season without any setbacks. The Pacers/Bulls rivalry certainly isn’t the same without him on the court.

    • belleby123 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Good post. I don’t like the Pacers, but I love the rivalry. It just makes the games way more interesting. And although I don’t like the Pacers, you still have to respect their talent.

  3. minnesotablizzard - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    This was a curse from the basketball gods. Stern rigged the draft for Chicago and its large market to get D-Rose. Karma is a bitch.

    • kinglorious - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      lol…you can’t be serious…

      • minnesotablizzard - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM


      • sportsfan18 - Nov 25, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        well some people are so dumb they don’t realize they are dumb

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        Like Conservative Republicans and Cantun*a*s.

  4. dadawg77 - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    As a Bulls fan, trade Deng, trade Boozer if you can, see if Noah needs any work, put Thiebs on sabbatical and bring back Vinny del Nergo. Make Butler shoot mostly threes so he can develop that skill more. The East sucks so it will take a lot to get this team out of the playoffs, which is the best course right now.

    • shanelsweet - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Wow, I had no idea Chicago’s management would be posting comments on this site. Not surprisingly, your comment will get a lot of down clicks, but thanks for being honest.

      • belleby123 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        Thiebs and Vinny del Nergo are the worst. They’re so dumb they can’t even spell their own names.

  5. shuttaman1990 - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Chicago Bulls got lucky with Jordan. They truly don’t know how to build a team.

    • philtration - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      You are an idiot

  6. shuttaman1990 - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    If I’m Rose I push to be traded to another team.
    Get away from chi town rose!

    • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Nobody in other cities ever gets these knee injuries. Yeah, right!

  7. jhuck92 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Lord have mercy, we have to wallow in this mire again.

    I want to point out that these aren’t just his knees anymore. They’re Chicago’s knees, they’re the front office’s knees… A few jobs depend on his recovery. And the worst part is there’s a very real chance that Deng (and maybe Boozer) will get traded because of these knees.

  8. theworkhorsebackdotcom - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    That’s a tough situation for all involved. The Bulls are a proud franchise and I don’t think that they will try to tank. Even if they did the East is so bad that they would need to finish well behind .500 to not make it. What’s worse is everyone knows that the draft is going to have many different makers so teams will be tight when it comes to trading draft picks if they are in the lottery.

  9. unxpexted1 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Man this basketball season is just not what I was expected:

    1. Rose hurt
    2. Nets suck
    3. Lakers .500
    4. Portland has one of the best records

    WTH is going on this year?

    • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Lakers .500 = sarcasm?

  10. dsharpe8 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    It’s time for my bulls to blow it up and get more athletic and in the process see if the bulls can attract a big name free agent to pair with D. Rose whenever he gets healthy and “if” he can stay on the court. We wouldn’t have been able to win a title anyway with the roster already as it is. We also need to flip that Charlotte draft pick along with that European cat we got stashed overseas and see what we can get for both IMO.

    • freddysanford - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      He will never be “healthy” per se; his career is going to be injury plagued and very short due to the reckless, out of control manner he plays the game . Same for Westbrook. Westbrook will be injured bad again this season. Watch

      • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        Lay off the shnapps, Fred.

  11. esracerx46 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Why do they always say surgery was successful immediately after? They don’t really know anything until after rehab is complete. Look at Gronkowski’s surgery. Think that was a success?

  12. dolphindubs - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Just once, I’d like to hear one of these doctors say “Damn, we botched up that surgery. We’ll have to go back after a few weeks to clean up and see the extent of what we messed up. What can I say…you win some, you lose some.”

    • cubb1 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      They might say that if it was the same knee.

  13. 21stnprime - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I hope he don’t need another 19 months to get back on the court

    • 2difshoe - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      no, not 19….try 12

  14. m3dman3 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I had this same surgery, you walk out of the hospital, let the swelling down and PT for two weeks are you are good to go. He is such a disgrace, bleeding Chicago of money. Play ball, Westbrook has the heart to play more than this chump.

    • cbrown386 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Which professional sport did you go back to playing after 2 weeks?

      • m3dman3 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        None but I went back to playing sports, that’s why he is a joke.

    • cubb1 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      By good to go, you mean sitting on your ass watching Sportcenter, not playing in the NBA against some of the best athletes in the world.

    • spursareold - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      Rose will be out as long as Westbrook was. It’s all in the timing of the injury. Westbrook was injured in the playoffs in April. He was out 6 months. Rose will also be out about 6 months, but that puts the return timeframe AFTER this season.

      On a side not, I’m glad to see more meniscus REPAIRS being done. I hate seeing DWade limping around with a bone on bone knee because he had his removed to come back quicker. He probably lost 3-4 good years off his career with that choice.

      • freddysanford - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        Doubt it… He beats up his body so bad, if it wasn’t the knee it’d be something else

    • mscott4 - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      You are confusing a menisectomy – removal of the torn piece of meniscus – and a meniscal repair – essentially stitching the tear together. A menisectomy is probably what you had and a quick recovery but depending on the type and location it can’t always be done. The meniscal repair is a much, much longer rehab process and is what Rose had done.

    • mikerome64 - Nov 25, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      It took Westbrook more than two weeks to recover from his surgery. And to top that off he had to have a second operation. Rose is a human being he is not a machine.

  15. bleedburgandyandgold - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    After 2 years away from the game you have to wonder if he will ever be the same when he comes back

  16. mitchem85 - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Yeah, look what dwade did… He’s only won two championships and been to the finals. 4-5 times in his career.. I’m sure he’s hating himself……….give me a break.. You play the game to win a championship, you have to win when your window is there, you can’t worry about years down the road now. I would take a career like wades with Multiple championships and finals appearances while playing maybe a year or two less vs a long drawn out injury plagued career where you never win… I’m just sayin..

    • spursareold - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      If he didn’t lure LeBron to SoBe, he wouldn’t be winning anything with that knee.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 25, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      Well the Lakers aren’t playing the game to win a championship over the next couple of seasons anymore!

    • freddysanford - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      Agree but rose would just get reinjured anyway.

    • boscoesworld - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      Rose is no D Wade!!

  17. kinglorious - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM


  18. bbk1000 - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Eventually Chicago will put together a statue for Rose….it will include a bench, Rose will be sitting on that bench, probably watching the Jordan statue…..wondering what could have been…..

  19. tmatic74 - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    D Rose and RGIII need to stay out of those Adidas. Nike makes the best footwear for ballers and they should know that.

    • freddysanford - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Has nothing to do with it. He torques his knees too hard. He’s reckless. Many more injuries to come as long as he keeps playing like a dang fool

  20. freddysanford - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    I called it. Even before the ACL injury i said ad nauseam that his career would be SHORT. He’s a reckless player. Doesn’t play responsibly. Does things human bodies are not designed to do. Same with Westbrook. They’re both going to have injury plagued short careers due to all the cutting and joint torquing. Watch

  21. 22yearsagotoday - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Now I know why doctors make the big $: I threw up a little bit in my mouth thinking about removing part of the knee.

  22. boscoesworld - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Rose has not proven to be a quick healer. I am afraid he won’t be playing until the 15-16 season. I wouldn’t expect him back for 14-15 after last seasons performance.

  23. drago2012 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Come on people , please don’t be so negative. Rose still has a minimum of 10 years at a very high level. He started playing really well in the last few games before injury. I saw him looking to pass first in the paint. He dished to Boozer and Noah in the paint, but they could not convert. Management has to step up and give him another superstar next year. This young man is only 24. There are some positives here also. In his absence, Jimmy developed into a legitimate NBA star. Maybe Snell can get to do the same thing. On a lighter note ,in the game last night, I think Thibs was ordered to start Snell. Snell looks like he was kidnapped from a Somali ship and brought to Chicago . Will someone please give this guy a dewormer because he is so thin he looks like he has tape worms . If you are a Chicago Bulls fan you have to have compassion for your good or bad!!!! Chicago is a huge NBA market and the management has no choice but to do the right thing for the Bulls fans and the city of Chicago.

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