As the Chicago Bulls look to recover from a disappointing end to the season, they took a step in the right direction on Saturday. Bulls star Derrick Rose underwent successful reconstructive surgery on the torn ACL in his left knee Saturday morning, as first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Bulls announced Saturday afternoon that more information regarding Rose’s prognosis will be revealed early next week. Team physician Dr. Brian Cole performed the procedure, which lasted about an hour.
After becoming the youngest MVP in NBA history a season ago, Rose missed 27 of the Bulls’ 66 games in this compressed campaign. The 23-year-old point guard sat out just six games over the course of his first three seasons, but he suffered six different injuries in 2011-12, including a turf toe, lower back spasms, a strained groin, a right ankle sprain and a sore right foot.
Rose’s difficult season was capped off in the Bulls’ Game 1 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 28 when he collapsed to the floor late in the fourth quarter and sustained the gruesome knee injury.
With Rose sidelined for the rest of the series, the Bulls were eliminated by the Sixers in six games. As the Bulls’ season had gone all year long, just when it seemed like they were healthy and in position to get some good luck, unfortunate breaks led to the team’s demise.
Rose, who flirted with a triple-double in Game 1 as he dropped 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, averaged 21.8 points, a career-high 7.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds this season.
Now, the reigning league MVP will begin the tough, extensive rehabilitation process. The recovery timetable from a torn ACL tends to be six to nine months – which would make Rose’s best-case return scenario November, while a nine-month comeback would be February 2013. However, in some cases, athletes have missed more than nine months due to the injury.
Either way, the Bulls will certainly be especially cautious with Rose, the franchise cornerstone. The organization waited a full two weeks after Rose blew out his knee to have the surgery on him in order to ensure that all of the swelling was gone. With a well-regarded reputation as a hard worker, Rose is expected return late next season, possibly in mid-March.