The comeback of Derrick Rose, who missed all of last season as he recovered from reconstructive knee surgery, is on hold because of an injury to his other knee.
Rose will have surgery Monday to repair his torn right medial meniscus, according to multiple reports. He underwent an MRI on Saturday in Los Angeles after being injured Friday night in Portland when he tried to change direction and get back on defense after a stolen pass. He could put no weight on the knee and was on crutches after the game. The Bulls play the Clippers today in L.A.
“It’s a huge loss,” guard Kirk Hinrich said (via the Chicago Tribune). “Everything we do is built around him. Losing one of the best players in the league obviously changes the landscape of things. I just feel bad for him personally.”
Just how long Rose will be determined by the extent of the damage inside his knee. Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder had a torn lateral meniscus reattached last spring and returned Nov. 3.
“I feel bad for him,” said Blake Griffin, who tore meniscus in the summer of 2012 while training for the Olympics (via ESPN). “You never want to see somebody go down. Obviously, I’ve experienced a couple of knee injuries, including the meniscus. The good news is that it’s not nearly as bad as the one that he just went through. I wish him the best.”
Rose tore his left anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus during the playoffs in 2012 and didn’t play for 18 months.