By CLIFF BRUNT
The Chicago Bulls have announced that star guard Derrick Rose is out for the season.
Rose tore the medial meniscus in his right knee last Friday night in Portland. A news release said he underwent successful surgery on Monday at Rush University Medical Center, performed by Bulls head team physician Dr. Brian Cole and team physician Dr. Chuck Bush Joseph.
Rose had just returned from a torn ACL that caused him to miss last season. The former MVP’s presence gave Bulls fans hope that they could challenge defending champion Miami and new contender Indiana for the Eastern Conference crown.
ISL editor Cliff Brunt asked Pacers guard Paul George and center Roy Hibbert to share their thoughts about Rose’s latest setback on Saturday, when word was circulating that the injury might be season-ending.
“I feel for him. He’s a player that loves to compete at the highest level, and has that fighter pedigree in him. For him to go through this again — I know how bad he wanted to play last year and how he had to sit out and make the smart move. You feel for him. No matter what our rivalry is or the dislike in teams in being in the same division, you never want to see guys go down. Especially a season-ending injury. It’s tough to swallow for myself. I hope the best for him.”
“Man, it’s sad to hear about that. I wish him a speedy recovery. You never want to see anybody get hurt like that. Even Andre Iguodala and Marc Gasol — I’m not too much of a praying man, but I’ll keep those guys in my thoughts because the league is a better league with those guys in there. Win, lose or draw, you never want to see somebody get hurt. They’re in my thoughts.”
Here’s video of Rose getting injured, courtesy of YouTube user NBA: