When the unfortunate news of Derrick Rose's torn right medial meniscus hit, Rose was left with two options:
- Get it reattached and probably miss the rest of the season.
- Remove the meniscus and come back sooner with negative longterm effects.
Rose has missed a lot of time, but he's 25 and still has a whole career left for him when he returns. Plus, the Bulls invested $100 million in him, so of course they're not going to have him play at an less than his best. Rose will therefore go with the first option and undergo surgery on Monday in hopes of returning to form.
A shame, but head coach Tom Thibodeau says Rose is pushing through it: "I talked to him at length last night. He's in good spirits. About as well as can be expected under the circumstances. And he's already thinking about his rehab and typical Derrick — concerned about his team, his teammates. But that being said, we can't feel sorry for ourselves. We're the Chicago Bulls. We have one goal, that's to win. And I believe we have the personnel in that locker room to get it done."
Kirk Hinrich will take Rose's place in the starting lineup.