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Derrick Rose will beglong recovery after having surgery Saturday repair his torn ACL. | AP

Derrick Rose will begin a long recovery after having surgery on Saturday to repair his torn ACL. | AP

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Updated: May 15, 2012 7:53PM

The surgery to repair the torn ACL on his left knee is done, but now begins the long road to recovery for Bulls guard Derrick Rose.

Bulls GM Gar Forman and team physician Dr. Brian Cole met with the media Tuesday afternoon at Rush University Medical Center to give an update on Chicago’s most-talked-about knee.

“Derrick is doing great,” said Cole, who performed the surgery on Saturday. “The surgery went extremely well. No surprises.

“He’s following a lot of rules, being a good boy and following instructions.”

Cole was optimistic about Rose returning to form, but cautioned that it will take time.

“It could take eight to twelve months,” he said. “Sometimes shorter, sometimes longer. It could take him more than a year to be back to pre-surgery level of performance.

“Statistically, he should be that player and then some. But it’s not guaranteed.”

Cole said that Rose did not tear his medial collateral ligament, which made the pre-surgery rehabilitation go smoothly. Rose has been up and moving around since the surgery, and has begun rehab in Chicago, although that could change, according to Cole.

Forman said the injury will obviously impact the Bulls.

“Obviously, short term we’re going to take a hit,” Forman said. “Our thinking long term won’t change at all.”

Cole said the best-case scenario would see Rose coming back in January or February, but added: “He could miss entire season.”

Both Forman and Cole said Rose is in good spirits.

“In his mind, he’s ready to attack this rehab,” Forman said.

Cole added: “He’s determined. He’s amazing kid. He believes he can do this.”

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