Bulls PG Rose has season-ending surgery

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchangeNovember 25, 2013


Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose underwent successful season-ending surgery Monday morning to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, the team announced.
The surgery was performed at Rush University Medical Center by team head physician Dr. Brian Cole and team physician Dr. Chuck Bush Joseph.
Rose was injured in the third quarter of the Bulls' loss at the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
"We of course feel very badly for Derrick," coach Tom Thibodeau said Sunday. "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.
"That being said, we can't feel sorry for ourselves. We're the Chicago Bulls. We have one goal and that's to win. I believe we have the personnel in that locker room to get it done."
Kirk Hinrich will replace Rose at point guard and Marquis Teague will back him up.
"There's of course the disappointment for Derrick because of the type of person he is," Thibodeau said. "He's such a great teammate along with being a great player. But I think we have an understanding of what we need to do. We can't feel sorry for ourselves. We have to circle the wagons and get out there and get the job done."
Rose, 25, also sat out the 2012-13 season with a torn left ACL suffered in April 2012. He has played just 50 games in the last three seasons, including one playoff game.
Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf issued a statement, which read: "Like Bulls fans everywhere, I was heartbroken when I heard of Derrick's injury. We are happy to know that, according to his doctors, his surgery was successful, and in time, Derrick is expected to make a full recovery. Everyone at the Bulls knows firsthand how extremely hard Derrick worked to return to the court this year, and I have no doubt he will do the same with regards to his recovery from this injury. Despite Derrick's absence, this is still a good team. I know from last year, this team and coaching staff will continue to make our fans proud."
Rose, te 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player, averaged 15.9 points and 4.3 assists per game while shooting 35.4 percent hfrom the field in 10 games this season.
"Sometimes with athletes in sports, luck has a lot to do with it," Luol Deng said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "It's just bad luck. It's not going to change anything. He's still going to be Derrick. He still is going to work hard and come back even better. I really believe that he was better coming back from that ACL. It's unfortunate that it happened. I have no doubt he's going to come back and play great."
When Rose returns next season, it's not clear whether the team will look the same, according to the Tribune assessment.
The Bulls kept their high-priced group of Rose, Carlos Boozer, Deng and Joakim Noah together for a final championship run this season, knowing Rose would be back.
But the Bulls' payroll exceeds the luxury tax limit, and the Bulls will face some difficult decisions when it comes to Deng, who is an unrestricted free agent after this season, and Boozer, who is a candidate for the amnesty provision.