Rose Shelved Again: MRI Shows Meniscus Tear
An MRI in Los Angeles today has confirmed that Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls can't catch a break.
After missing the entire NBA season in 2012-2013 due to a torn ACL in his left knee and being heavily scrutinized for not returning, Derrick Rose has once again injured himself, and he'll soon be back in the operating theater.
He's out indefinitely.
This time, it's the medial meniscus on his right knee, which isn't the one that was recently repaired. If there's any silver lining to this development, it's that there was no mention of damage to his ACL or MCL. Those would have required longer recovery periods.
The injury occurred during the third quarter of the Bulls-TrailBlazers game in Portland last night.
The uncertainty of the damage done still lingers, but it was a sad sight when Rose came out of the locker room on crutches, putting zero pressure whatsoever on his knee.
Regardless, this may or may not be another setback for such an outstanding player. After being awarded the MVP trophy in 2011, it has been quite the physical struggle for Rose, and his knees simply aren't cooperating. He spent and intense year rehabilitating his left knee from a torn ACL and facing a brace of undeserving scrutinizing in the process, so he just doesn't deserve this. He has worked too hard both mentally and physically to restore his strength and will to return unfettered.
Hopefully, this is only a sprain and nothing too major. Another lost season would be a unrelenting barrier towards his quest to return to his explosive and electrifying self.
The league needs Derrick Rose on the court. Not only does he raise the level of competition, his personality and positive image help protect the NBA brand. He is a humble star who doesn't deserve his career being inhibited or cut short because of two stubborn knees.
A meniscus procedure usually involves clipping away the torn cartilage tissue to eliminate irritation. The amount of time Rose will be sidelined is dependent on the extent of the tear. While it's not uncommon to return to action after only a week, doctors won't estimate a return to action for Rose until after the procedure is completed.