LOS ANGELES, USA – Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose will need surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will be sidelined indefinitely, the NBA team said Saturday November 23.
The Bulls was anxiously awaiting the results of medical tests after Rose was hurt in Friday’s 98-95 loss at Portland on Friday night.
Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player, was showing flashes of his MVP self but late in the third quarter, when a pass from teammate Joakim Noah was picked off by Nicolas Batum, Rose stepped awkwardly as he tried to get back on defense and hyper-extended his right knee.
“Subsequent examinations and an MRI confirmed a medial meniscus tear to his right knee, which will require surgery,” the Bulls said in a statement on their official Twitter account.
“Rose is out indefinitely, and will not accompany the team on the rest of its current road trip.”
It’s heartbreaking news for Rose who missed all of last season following surgery on a torn ligament in his left knee.
Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a playoff game on April 28 of 2012 and didn’t play again until the opening night of this season.
Rose was averaging 15.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 31.1 minutes of play in 10 games this season.
After hobbling to the bench he was helped the locker room. He later left the arena on crutches.
“He has pain and it felt like he couldn’t push off his right knee,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said after the game.
The Bulls are scheduled to play the Clippers in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 24.
Gasol also out for the Grizzlies
In other injury news, the Memphis Grizzlies will be without All-Star center Marc Gasol indefinitely with a sprained ligament in his left knee.
Gasol, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, won’t need surgery, the team said Saturday.
He was hurt on a non-contact play in the second quarter of the Grizzlies’ 102-86 loss to San Antonio on Friday.
Gasol was defending Jeff Ayres in the post, and as Ayres went to receive an entry pass from Manu Ginobili, Gasol hobbled off the court in pain.
The Grizzlies said Saturday that an MRI exam had revealed a sprain of the medial collateral ligament.
Gasol is averaging 16.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 13 games this season. The durable Spaniard missed just four games dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season. – Rappler.com