Derrick Rose Out Indefinitely with Torn Medial Meniscus
By Andrew Seligman
Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is out indefinitely because of torn cartilage in his right knee that will require surgery.
Rose had an MRI in Los Angeles after he was injured at Portland. He won’t be with the team for its remaining four games on its six-game trip.
The three-time All-Star sat out last season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Now, it’s his other knee that’s injured.
“It’s sad, knowing how hard he worked to get back,” said All-Star guard Chris Paul of the Clippers.
Rose’s injury occurred in the third quarter against the Trail Blazers.
He lost his footing while trying to change direction to get back on defense when Nicolas Batum stole a pass from Joakim Noah and started the other way. Rose limped across the court and couldn’t put any weight on his knee. After the Blazers scored, he came out of the game during a timeout.
It didn’t appear there was any contact on the play. Rose was unable to return and was on crutches afterward.
“I feel bad for him,” said Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin, who tore his meniscus in college at Oklahoma and was playing a few days later. “The good news is it’s not nearly as bad as what he went through (before).”
Even though the injury isn’t as serious as a torn ACL, losing Rose for any chunk of time is obviously a huge blow for a team expecting to challenge LeBron James and the Miami Heat for supremacy in the Eastern Conference with its franchise player back.
Now, there’s a big cloud hanging over the franchise. And once again, it centers on Rose.