Derrick Rose could miss rest of season; surgery on Monday
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter November 24, 2013 2:06PM
Updated: November 25, 2013 10:25AM
LOS ANGELES – Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau announced on Sunday that Derrick Rose would have surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee Monday in Chicago, and then the organization will have a better idea of where they stand. More importantly, where Rose stands as far as a timetable for a return.
“The big part is they won’t know until they get in,’’ Thibodeau said. “We’re hoping for the best. We of course feel very badly for Derrick. I talked to him at length last night. He’s in good spirits, about as well as can be expected under the circumstances. And he’s already thinking about his rehab.
“Typical Derrick, he’s concerned about his team, his teammates. That being said, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’re the Chicago Bulls. We have one goal and that’s to win. I believe we have the personnel in that locker room to get it done.’’
There are two ways to fix the meniscus, with the first being shaving or removal, which results in a quicker rehab time. The second is reattachment, which could take as long as six months and cost Rose the remainder of the season.
According to the Rose camp, they will do whatever is best for Rose long-term, so the expectation is they will opt for reattachment.
Rose missed all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee back in Game 1 of the 2012 playoffs against Philadelphia.
“There’s of course the disappointment for Derrick because of the type of person he is,’’ Thibodeau said. “He’s such a great teammate along with being a great player. But I think we have an understanding of what we need to do. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to circle the wagons and get out there and get the job done.’’
Kirk Hinrich will now take over the starting point guard duties, while second-year guard Marquis Teague will see his minutes increase – ready or not.
“We know we’ve got to keep playing, keep fighting,’’ Teague said. “Like I said, we all felt bad for him, but he’s going to get through it. He’s a fighter and that’s what he does, but we’ve got to keep playing.’’