The MRI on Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose confirmed a medial meniscus tear to his right knee, which will require surgery.
Rose is out indefinitely, and will not accompany the team on the rest of its current road trip..
Rose was injured in the third quarter Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers. It happened when he made a backdoor cut. The pass to Rose was stolen by Portland’s Nicolas Batum and as Rose turned to go back on defense, his right knee buckled as he planted on his left foot.
Read full article after the jumpIncidentally, the replay of the play on NBA.com was prefaced with one of Rose’s adidas commercials in which Rose expresses his love for the game. Playing is all that matters to him.
“If you took away the fame, if you took away the lifestyle … what would you have left? Everything,” Rose says in the commercial.
Rose left Portland’s arena on crutches and with a somber look. Bulls players offered support and encouragement but otherwise did not discuss the injury with him in-depth,
Rose sat out the entire 2012-13 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the 2012 playoffs. His Friday injury was not to the same knee, although he dealt with issues with his right hamstring earlier this season.
Rose had a rocky start to the season, which was expected given he missed last season. He averaged 15.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds and shot 35.4% from the field in Chicago’s 10 games. Rose played his best game since his return in a 110-94 victory against the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 16. Rose had 20 points on 7-for-16 shooting, including 6-for-11 on three-pointers.
There was no question Rose struggled with his shot and he wasn’t finishing at the rim like he did before the injury. But the Bulls weren’t concerned. They anticipated some rust and expected Rose to start making more shots as the season progressed.
While Rose was criticized at times last season for either not returning or not saying he wasn’t going to play, the Bulls were pleased with Rose’s dedication to rehab.
In an interview in February with USA TODAY Sports, Rose said, “I don’t know what type of player I’m going to be (when I return). I just know that I’m going to be very good.”
If you took away the fame, if you took away the lifestyle … what would you have left? Everything.
Story courtesy of USAToday