A recovery timetable will be set after the procedure…
The Chicago Bulls have announced that point guard Derrick Rose will have surgery on Friday morning on the torn medial meniscus in his right knee.
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The Bulls revealed that Rose will undergo a meniscectomy, and surgeon, Dr. Brian Cole, will determine whether they will remove all or part of the torn meniscus once the procedure has started.
It is the second time that the 26-year-old has torn the meniscus in his right knee, but after choosing to fix it rather than taking all or part of it out last time in order to extend his career, the medical staff will make a different decision this time which could result in Rose returning this season.
Bulls executive vice-President John Paxson revealed that while no surgery is easy, they are hopeful that Rose can return this season with around two months remaining in the regular season before the playoffs get underway.
However, a key aspect of the situation will be the Bulls point guard’s ability to stay mentally strong and be able to come straight back into it as opposed to taking his time and getting back to 100% before returning as he did after the last two serious injuries.
Joakim Noah insisted that the players aren’t thinking about playing another season without their star man, but the reality is that they may well have to depending on how the procedure goes and whether or not the former MVP is confident enough to return so quickly.
“We’re not there yet,” Noah said, as reported by ESPN.
“We’re not there yet. We just got to stay positive. We find out tomorrow. Just be for him as much as we can and just support him.”
Rose’s latest setback certainly came as a shock and with so much on the line including his ability to have a life after basketball without being hindered by his knees, the Bulls will naturally remain cautious and make the best decision for him.