News leaked out a couple of days ago that Derrick Rose took a rehab trip to Alabama to see highly regarded surgeon Dr. James Andrews whom repaired Jamal Crawford's ACL in 2001. The news set off a minor flurry of worry as to the state of Derrick's ACL. As I said on twitter, I don't know what to make of this, but you typically don't go see a specialist because everything is going great.
Rumors immediately popped up that Rose was unhappy and distrusting of the Bulls medical staff and didn't feel his rehab was going well. My guess is the speculation that this could be the case then somehow turned into 'sourced' rumors even though that likely wasn't the case.
The temporary panic apparently was enough to cause the Bulls to start sending out news on Rose's recovery in order to calm down the masses. The trip to see Dr. Andrews was planned prior to the surgery as a way to get more people involved and different opinions on the rehabilitation process. The office in Alabama is supposed to be one of the best rehab facilities in the US. In this case, it's nice to see Derrick seeing multiple doctor's at the top of their profession.
I think at this point in the game, there's really little point in getting too up or too down about any news. Nick Friedell and K.C. Johnson both noted that Derrick has his up and down days and most news from the players who've worked out with him while he's rehabbing is that his spirits are up and things are going well. That's probably par for the course for anyone going through what Rose is going through.
Dr. Brian Cole, who performed the surgery, stated that Rose is ahead of schedule and that seeing Dr. Andrews is a way to keep things fresh and add variety. He expects an 8-12 month layoff for Derrick due to the surgery, and if we go with the fact that Rose is ahead of schedule then that would put him in the January to February time frame if he remains ahead of schedule (assuming on schedule splits the difference in the 8-12 months with ahead being the early part and behind being the latter).
In the end, we'll always be scared and paranoid that Rose won't come back quickly or won't come back all the way. The flurry of injuries the Bulls have suffered over the past few seasons as well as the debacle with Deng's leg a few years back has left Bulls fans [fairly or unfairly] distrusting the medic staff themselves. In the end, all we can do, like everyone else, is wait and see.
In general, I feel it's likely that Rose will be the same player he was in the past starting in the 2013-14 season and will probably come back after the all-star break this season. I expect Rose to take while this year to warm up and trust the leg fully and hope the Bulls take their time in bringing him along. Rose, if he's on schedule, can start jumping in September. At that point, I think he'll spend a whole lot of time working on his jump shot until he's able to return to action.