NBA fans won’t be seeing Derrick Rose and his surgically-repaired knee in action for quite a while, according to the doctor who operated on the Chicago Bulls’ superstar point guard. From the AP and Chicago Tribune: “The assessment by Dr. Brian Cole on Tuesday means the star point guard could return around Feb. 1 or miss next season. The doctor adds there is a chance Rose could be back sooner, but ‘we’re not going to rush it.’ The Bulls had already said Rose has a torn ligament in his left knee. Cole says there is there is also a small cartilage tear. He says Rose is ‘doing great’ and surgery went ‘extremely well.’ [...] ‘It’s impossible to predict tomorrow,’ Cole said. ‘Statistically, he should be that player and then some. That doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed.’ Asked if he knew what caused the injury, Cole said, ‘This could be anything from a completely random event to maybe conditioning. We’ll never know with certainty.’ He noted that Rose did not tear his medial collateral ligament, which made his preparation for surgery much smoother.”