Reports suggest injury isn’t as bad as last year’s tear…
The Chicago Bulls confirmed on Tuesday that Derrick Rose had suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee which required surgery, and his teammates have now shared their reaction with the media.
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It has been a devastating three years for Rose with three serious knee injuries putting his future in the game in doubt, and after all the hard work put in to recover from the first two it remains to be seen how he can come back mentally and physically from the latest setback.
It took the 26-year-old 11 months in total to go from tearing his meniscus to playing regular games for the Bulls last time, and although KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribute insists that the latest injury isn’t as serious as 2013, it is expected that the explosive point guard is out for the rest of this season.
After taking a day to digest the news, coach Tom Thibodeau and his players spoke to the media on Wednesday and revealed their thoughts on Rose and his latest setback.
Thibodeau conceded that they were aware of the risk of the meniscus tear but he still doesn’t know when it occurred, as tweeted by Bulls writer Nick Friedell.
Meanwhile, Pau Gasol admitted that it was “heartbreaking” to hear of the news, while point guard Kirk Hinrick conceded that he was “still shocked” after hearing about it late Tuesday.
Thibodeau described it as “unfair” and revealed that he had spoken with Rose, but he was keen to avoid putting a timeline on the recovery and he insisted that they would have to wait until after the surgery and called for all concerned to have patience.
Gasol added: “It’s difficult to deal with, we feel for him…right now we just support him and we wish that everything goes well.”
The Bulls have been in this position before and will need to face reality down the final stretch of the regular season and move forward knowing that they may well be without Rose for the rest of the year.