Derrick Rose Is Now in Select Company
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On the bright side, Derrick Rose will be used to the routine.
It's the sort of experience that would get a knowing but cringing nod from the likes of Bill Walton, Brandon Roy, Grant Hill, Penny Hardaway, Ralph Sampson, Yao Ming, and other NBA elites whose careers were abbreviated by pesky knees.
Yes, Rose popped up and continued after a short moment, but that's what can happen with meniscus tears. Unless they're severe rips, they won't be more noticeable than a minor tweak. The only problem is, they don't un-tweak, which becomes annoyingly evident a short time afterward.
Rose's recovery time, then, will depend on his procedure.
His first bout with knee injuries came in the 2012 playoffs. That was an ACL tear; unlike a meniscus, an ACL injury makes its presence known immediately:
Clearly, though, what sports medicine needs right now is a knee-joint version of Tommy John surgery, a radical advance in surgical technique that adapts it to the wear and tear it endures. It's gonna take a player who realizes his career is in true jeopardy and is willing to be in the vanguard.
If any NBA player is close to facing such a decision, it's Derrick Rose.