Derrick Rose is opting for season-ending surgery to repair the meniscus he tore in his knee on Friday night in Portland. Frankly, that’s the only option. Rehabbing it without surgery would probably be a huge mistake.
That means the earliest we will see him is the beginning of next year, but don’t hold your breath. We need to factor in time for him to be mentally comfortable too.
But when he returns, he’s already unsure as to what he’ll be able to provide. Rose spoke to USA Today and said the following:
“I don’t know what type of player I’m going to be (when I return). I just know that I’m going to be very good,” Rose told USA TODAY Sports.
But according to the same report, doctors say the injury could’ve been much worse. To that end, it’s worth noting that the recovery time can be much shorter than we all think.
If repaired, rehab and recovery is close to four to six months, which would pretty much rule out Rose’s return this season. The meniscus might not be salvageable, and if not, recover time is much shorter, about six to eight weeks. Metta World Peace was the exception when he returned from a meniscus injury 12 days after surgery last season for the Los Angeles Lakers.
He goes in for surgery today in Chicago where more will be uncovered.