Yet Another Derrick Rose Knee Injury Torpedos Yet Another Bulls Season
The Chicago Bulls just cannot wake up from this nightmare. Derrick Rose, the 2010-11 NBA MVP, tore the ACL in his left knee in May of 2012. Then he tore the medial meniscus in his right knee in November of 2013.
Now the Bulls have announced yet another Derrick Rose knee injury—another partial tear of the medial meniscus in his right knee—and it, too, will require surgery.
Now, we don’t yet know the severity of the “partial” tear. In theory, it is possible for Rose to have surgery and return in time for the playoffs.
In reality, nobody thinks that will happen. Everybody expects he is done for the season. The medial meniscus is fibrous cartilaginous tissue sandwiched between the femur and tibia that provides cushioning. Because the meniscus is sandwiched between the femur and tibia, blood flow in the area is low. And because blood flow is low, tears do not heal very well.
In short, this is not good. Bad meniscus = unstable knee = chronic knee problems.
Doctors will not determine an official timetable for Rose’s return until after the surgery. But Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls are going to approach this situation with extreme caution. All parties have decided to try to fix the meniscus again rather than remove it so as to prolong Rose’s career. And since prolonging his career is the primary concern, the chance of Rose coming back this year are almost nil.
Sorry, Bulls fans.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]