It has been reported that Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus of the right knee. This is good news to us Bulls fans because we was fearing the worst after Rose limped out in the third quarter of the game in Portland Friday night.
Instead of Derrick Rose having an ACL tear in his right knee, opposite of the knee that he recently tore two years ago which had him out for a year and a full NBA season; he has a meniscus tear which means that even though there’s a wide range of possibilities, he will be out for about two months at worst. I will take that any day.
If the decision is made to remove the meniscus, recovery could take as little as a few weeks, but the results could decrease Derrick’s long-term effectiveness. Former Laker Metta World Peace (now playing for the Knicks) had his meniscus removed and made a twelve-day recovery last season. If Rose decide to re-attach the meniscus, it could shut down the remainder Rose’s 2013-2014 season but could elongate his career. This is a simple case of “pick your poison”.
All is not lost for the Bulls this season — they still have the talent to make a playoff run without the 2010-11 NBA MVP. But Rose’s latest injury makes their road to the postseason considerably rockier while creating a new wave of uncertainty about their long-term future.
The good news for the Bulls is that it’s still realistic to expect them to make the playoffs, and maybe even finish with a top-four seed and home-court advantage. As of right now, you have only three teams under .500 in the Western Conference (Jazz, Kings and Lakers), in the drastically underperforming Eastern Conference there’s ten teams under .500— to say nothing of the train wrecks in Brooklyn and New York. The Rose-less Bulls can easily end up being the fourth or fifth-seed in this conference with Tom Thibodeau as head coach.
The Bulls have already proven that they can win without Rose. In the 2012-13 season, they finished with the fifth-best record in the Eastern Conference and beat the fourth-seeded Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs and that was with two-time All-Star forward Luol Deng missing all but the first five games of the playoffs with a spinal injury, and starting center Joakim Noah was severely hobbled, playing through a case of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
The season is not over for the Chicago Bulls. The only thing I’m worry about is the long-term effect that this injury will have on Rose mentally; I know if it happened to be an ACL tear in his opposite knee, I think Rose would be done for good as a premier player in the NBA because I cannot see him trusting his knees anymore and he would be a shell of himself for the rest of his career. I’m not saying this meniscus tear won’t effect him mentally, but the short recovery time won’t let him ponder on the injuries and gets him back out on the court. As soft-spoken and humble Rose is, let’s see how mentally strong he can be as he overcome these obstacles that has been put before him.
LET’S GO BULLS!