C hicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will be out approximately eight to twelve months after undergoing surgery to repair his left ACL, said Dr. Brian Cole, who performed the surgery on Saturday. That means Derrick is likely to miss at least the first two-plus months of next season, or he could miss the entire season. The 23-year-old Derrick tore the ACL on April 28th during the first game of the Bulls’ Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Philadelphia 76ers. “Derrick is doing great,” Dr. Cole said Tuesday at a news conference at Rush University Medical Center. “The surgery went extremely well. Really no surprises. It was pretty routine.
When Derrick does come back, Dr. Cole said: “Statistically, he should be that player [he was before] and then some. That doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed. We’re not going to rush it,” Dr. Cole said. “The most important thing is all of us feel comfortable based on specific parameters that he’s ready to go at each stage as we advance him. If he’s not ready, we’ll delay. If he’s ready, we’ll move him to the next stage.”