Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  93 responses

Derrick Rose to Have Knee Surgery and Likely Out for the Season

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

The Chicago Bulls’ season turned into a nightmare on Friday night in Portland — Derrick Rose hurt his right knee on a backdoor cut, and he will undergo surgery today in Chicago to repair a torn meniscus.

Given the recovery options and long-term outlook for Rose’s NBA career, the superstar point guard likely won’t play again this season.

Per the Chicago Tribune:

“We’re the Chicago Bulls,” head coach Thibodeau said. “We have one goal and that’s to win. I believe we have the personnel in that locker room to get it done. We know we don’t have to change our style of play. We’re built on defense and rebounding.” Rose will need similar resolve and determination to overcome his second lengthy rehabilitation process in 19 months. Thibodeau said how long Rose is out won’t be determined until (team physician Brian Cole) performs the surgery. But two sources close to the process indicated Rose and other decision-makers want his meniscus reattached. While this is better for Rose’s long-term career, it also means a lengthier rehabilitation process of up to six months or more. That would mean Rose would miss the rest of the regular season.

“We’re hoping for the best,” Thibodeau said. “We, of course, feel very badly for Derrick. I talked to him at length (Saturday) 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. He’s such a great teammate along with being a great player. That being said, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.”

Similar to last season, Thibodeau will push these Bulls to the limit, and get absolutely everything possible out of them. But even the most optimistic of fans must realize that the team isn’t going anywhere without its leader.

The bigger concern for the organization and its supporters is Derrick Rose’s future.

After playing in just 11 games this year (and 50 overall the last three seasons), the 25-year-old must reach deep down, and find the resolve to make yet another comeback from two major knee surgeries in the span of 19 months.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    for the season?!?!?!

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    He’s 25…he’ll bounce back, albeit I think his days driving fearlessly to the hoop are over. Time to work on that mid range game.

  • Love The Game

    Man. I didn’t think it was that bad. I know the injuries aren’t necessarily related, but I really hope this isn’t the start of nagging problems.

  • BigAl#13

    Not even funny, You gotta have some respect for the guy, Just sad at this point


    this is just sad

  • berkamore

    I just hope he stays positive. Grant Hill was also injured for a long time but he was able to play injury free afterwards. Let’s hope Derrick can do the same.

  • moose

    Gotta feel bad for the guy. More difficult rehab ahead…people have much bigger problems in the world than being paid millions to get sports massage and physio but it’s a real shame and I don’t know if he will reach that truly elite level he was at again it was apparent how much work he put in to this return – nevermind the next.

  • Cortez Mack

    Some of you guys are like hysterical women.

    Wade had his meniscus REMOVED in college and he came into the NBA dominating and kept it up for years.

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    Rose gonna have to change his game. Similar to what CP3 did.

  • i_ball

    The Bulls should just go full tank mode if they have their pick. Trade Deng if they are not going to resign him and go for the Parker and Wiggins.

    There is no point in a first or even second round exit. But it will be really hard to tank in the East

  • pposse

    there is plenty of point for a first and second rd exit. First of all the chicago bulls have one of the best if not the best ticket sales in all of the nba. Franchise player or not, that won’t change. Secondly, first or second rd exit earns the franchise millions upon millions of dollars. This team will not tank, only losers do that.

  • Max

    How could something like that happen on such a stupid play?
    Dammit Drose, dammit…

  • TheAnswer

    show some respect. he’s like the most humble guy in basketball just unfortunate this past few years. with his attitude and work ethic despite the major injuries still believe he’s gonna win it all someday.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Sad on every level

  • robb

    removing the meniscus is the easy way out and has long term consequences, Wade himself regrets it. Rose won’t do that, fortunately. He’s taking the Russell Westbrook road, so he’ll be out for the season but he’ll come back and still be a great player.

  • robb

    When he comes back he’ll have to adjust his game and be more selective with that explosiveness of his. His body won’t be able to take it if he doesn’t. Man I’m so angry, I can’t even imagine how Derrick must feel.

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  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    This dude can’t catch a break. Their season is lost yet again unfortunately.

  • shockexchange

    Home boy can’t catch a break. He gets injured. His finance calls off the relationship. He gets injured again. Hasn’t been a good year for D. Rose.

  • spit hot fiyah

    should not have made light of the situation considering that the injury just happen. his absence was the running joke of last season though. and now missing the rest of the season for a meniscus tear. at what point do we just consider him fragile and somewhat scared of coming back from injuries

  • Slick Ric

    Might be a wrap for Rose unfortunately, don’t see a top ten-twenty player anymore. Messed up for such a great guy.

  • ATL dynamite

    D Rose wants to play it safe, but he’s playing it way too safely. No way he needs to miss a season for that torn meniscus. Fingers crossed for this guy though.

  • pposse

    yo shut up.

  • ATL dynamite

    RW torn his meniscus in the playoffs, now he is back with a strong return. While Rose is already declaring that he will miss the remainder of the season this soon.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange fully expects Nate Robinson to step up like he did last year. Ohh wait …

  • pposse

    yup. Im 1,000% positive d rose woke up right after the surgery this morning and declared himself out for the season cause that makes sense. And youngster RW missed 6 months.

  • spit hot fiyah

    rw could have been back way earlier, he only missed the first few games of the season because he had the knee drained.

  • airs


  • pposse

    the same knee that was repaired. So who is to say that Rose won’t need the knee drained afterwards? I mean geez medical professionals all are saying the injury is a 4-6 month rehab/return process. That means if all goes well, no knee draining and the rehab is at the shorter end of the time period Rose will be ready to go in April, just in time for the playoffs with two questionable knees..what owner would just blindly allow for him to play in that scenario?

  • bike

    Daaammm I hate injuries. This by itself is no biggie…this right on the heels of an ACL tear…Not good. There has been more than one player that has said that they were never quite the same after knee surgery.
    The Return of The Return.

  • swill

    point taken, but do you have to be a sexist asshole about it?

  • patrick

    i don’t get this injury..was no contact……

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Too soon fiyah. Too soon lol

  • Caboose

    Damn DRose, that might be it. So sad.

  • JML-G

    people need to stop mention “humble” as a good quality in basketball smh

  • JML-G

    guess all that “family” bs Bulls been giving is out the window now – Chicago needs to do a big trade to get another superstar or they done for another 10+ years

  • i_ball

    I know DRose wasn’t playing great offensively but the East just go even worse

  • robb

    What do you mean by ‘no way he needs to miss a season…’
    recovery time for that procedure is 6 months. It’s almost december, do the math.

  • robb

    way earlier when? he got injured on april 24th and came back on november 3rd that’s 6 months and 10 days.

  • LakeShow

    They can’t take away his contract, what are you talking about.

  • robb

    RW’s back after 6 months. 6 months from now? May 25th. Rose will miss the rest of the season, it’s not that complicated.

  • shockexchange

    SE spelled “fiancee” wrong. Oops.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he could have been back two months earlier if he was ahead of schedule like every athlete is these day. there was no season at that time so it is a meaningless point i guess

  • spit hot fiyah

    u are right, we need to let the people handle their emotions and then start bashing him in two moths like we did last season. just a joke, people are sensitive about this

  • Drig

    The Spurs did that…………and ended up being winners for a decade and a half because of that.

  • pposse

    and that was 20 yrs ago and the guy was Tim Duncan, hardly doubt there is a Tim Duncan in this draft class. Jabrari, Wiggins and the other guy all play the same position as Lebron and KD last time i checked. Duncan was pretty much the best PF in the game since he stepped on the court. For every one tanking season you find, there has been 10 other ones that did not get near the same result.

  • Mariano

    A lot of guys on the Spurs are more “humble” than Derrick Rose

  • Stepfan Raiford

    But I’m in mourning right now. You know what I’m handle my emotions and take the rest of the day off. lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    for you bro

  • Drig

    True that. But I’ve never seen a team go from 1st round exit to championship in two years without either :

    1. Having a huge FA coup ( which Rose won’t go outta his way to create )

    2. Getting a great draft prospect ( which won’t happen if Chicago get stuck in the middle )

    3. Getting an awesome trade ( which won’t happen because Chicago doesn’t have any worthy assets that they think are expendable and which other teams would want )

    4. Doing the Lakers routine ( which won’t happen because they aren’t the Lakers lol )

  • pposse

    i honestly have no idea what the bulls can do at this point. Deng most likely gone before February…and to think that Friday night after news in the locker room spread about the injury..poor Deng is probably changing and knowing that he aint gonna be a Bull for much longer…

    The bulls be lucky as hell to tank and get rewarded, the basketball gods struck once when our ninth worst record got us the number one draft pick ( d rose), to have some sort of miracle like that happen again…we don’t deserve it. I’ll say this and only this about your first point

    1. A guy like Carmello Anthony should just know that coming to Chicago is his best bet to win a championship. He should come cause of the team and not a single player. Rose or anyone on the bulls shouldn’t have to recruit anybody, nba players, scouts, gm’s, agents all know the type of roster we have.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Portland , where players come to die. Playing for them or against them.






  • KingBenjamin

    Can someone please help me understand how he is out the whole year? I read that someone with a meniscus tear can come back in 2 weeks if they just have to trim the meniscus but if they have to repair the crust side of the meniscus then he’ll be out 8-10 weeks. So how is he out for the rest of the season?

  • Billy Hoyle

    Trade him while he’s still worth something..no joke

  • LakeShow

    Oh my bad, I wouldn’t have said anything if I knew it was just a misspell.

  • Guest3

    Age has little to do with this. Only time will tell if his body and mind is capable of enduring another major injury, and the subsequent surgery, rehab and recovery that accompanies it.

    In my opinion, fate also comes into play here. Is he destined to return to greatness or is he destined to be another “what if”?

    I am hoping for the former and that he is given the opportunity to get the most out of his talents.

  • shockexchange

    Of course it’s your bad. Even when SE is “wrong,” he’s still “right.” Haven’t you learned that yet?

  • TR

    Reminds me a bit of Gilbert Arenas…not sure if Gilbert had the same exact injuries, but I know he was close to this age and missed back to back seasons pretty much

  • LakeShow

    F*ck off.

  • Max


  • shockexchange

    Is that language appropriate for this type of forum Lake?

  • spit hot fiyah

    the is as bad as it has been in recent memory. they might as well play the conference finals now and save the other 13 teams the agony. i mean atlanta is the 3rd best team in the east right now by default and toronto would be a four seed since they lead their division. cleveland, detroit and washington (even though they are picking it up) have all disappointed. philly has settled after their hot start. and the new york teams we don’t even need to talk about

  • spit hot fiyah

    and he is still cashing checks and will continue to do so until 2016, pretty amazing

  • pposse

    if i need a hug id get it from your mom, thats the only bi*ch i need a hug from.

  • TR

    Hate the game no the player haha

  • AndyK415

    Bill Walton has his foot problems too

  • The Philosopher

    He can come back from this.
    He’s a tough dude.
    And, he can still put together a Hall of Fame career.

    In my opinion.
    He will just have to become a true pure point guard.

  • The Philosopher

    This is not it…

  • playa


  • bike

    Yeah, so disappointing. Was really looking like it would be a competitive season. It can change so dam fast.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    as a role player. Albeit a good one.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    kind of sexist to assume that dog is a b*tch

  • RunMoreThanYourMouth

    The only name that’s been running through my mind since I saw video of that play is Penny Hardaway. As a big D-Rose fan, I’m hoping it doesn’t turn out that way and he’ll return to the player he was before both injuries. But at this point, all anyone can do is wait and see including Derrick. He made the best decision for his long-term career though. And hopefully, when he does return, the Bulls will have a better team around him which means they will finally have another guard to help him create offense. Move Jimmy Butler to the 3 and sign or trade for a good/great shooting guard finally with Boozer and Deng gone. And stop thinking and saying “We have enough” because you don’t. They didn’t even with Rose being healthy. Give him a better squad Paxson/Forman.

  • Mars

    Glad he gave us what he did early. He got that MVP out the way. Bulls just need another superstar to build around him when he returns. Asking any player, let alone a PG coming off of knee surgery, twice, to carry a team is absurd anyways. Get well soon D.Rose, and this time don’t rush back. Who cares what everyone thinks.

  • pposse

    all baby blue outfit i hope she is

  • pposse

    its a good quality in life

  • robb

    Maybe the dog is a Clippers fan. That looks like one of those long sleeve jerseys they were rockin the other day.

  • 604ricy

    Who said few weeks again? Walk in the park?

  • Caboose

    Unrelated, but breaking:
    Derrick Williams traded to Kings for Mbah a Moute.

  • Caboose

    It’s it for being an All-NBA talent. These are two crazy serious injuries and I know everyone loves to pretend the majority of Rose’s game wasn’t built on his athleticism, but it was. Unless boy acquires some of CP3′s instincts, don’t expect All-Star seasons anymore.

  • Caboose

    Meniscus reattachment is far different than removal or small repair. It’s a very long rehab time but has a better chance of succeeding in the long term.

  • Dunlop

    Shouldn’t of got rid of Nate that great

  • TBRK

    Really sad. I hope his best years haven’t passed us. He wasn’t anywhere near ready for the grind of the NBA season, even after sitting all last year. His body was just out of balance. Neck, hamstring, probably a host of other nagging pains, and then finally a tear in the other knee. Shouldn’t have put so much of an onus on being back to 100% at the very beginning of preseason…praying for this brother, I can only imagine how painful this must be.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    I told y’all. Penny Hardaway 2.0

  • Interdico Scriptor


  • Interdico Scriptor

    Dude is broken. He will never be elite again.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    heard that before. here we are, what 11 games later…

  • Interdico Scriptor

    He will dude… but next to Faried

  • Interdico Scriptor

    my bad

  • truthteller

    How old was Brandon Roy got hurt?

  • truthteller

    Thank you JML-G! There is no such thing as a humble athlete. Just because they don’t say it openly doesn’t mean they’re humble. And he did say openly that he was the best player in the NBA. Was that humility or are you going to say that was confidence?

  • KIR

    Lakeshow was just being a dick. He knew exactly what it meant but wanted to be a smart ass. I read it and knew exactly what SE meant. I hate people who do that.

  • LakeShow

    KIR was just being a dick. He knew exactly what it meant but wanted to be a smart ass. I read it and knew exactly what SE meant. I hate people who do that.