The hand-wringing over and scrutiny of Derrick Rose’s up-and-down play as he attempted his second comeback from season-ending knee surgery defined this Bulls’ season.
Now, almost unbelievably, a new chapter has been written—and it could be a career-ending or at least career-defining one.
The Bulls announced late Tuesday that an MRI exam confirmed a medial meniscus tear of Rose’s right knee, which will require surgery. Though the team said a timeline for his return will be determined, it’s almost certain Rose will miss the remainder of this season and whatever playoff run the Bulls are able to muster after yet another gut punch to their franchise centerpiece
This is the same medial meniscus Rose tore in November 2013 in Portland, Ore., ending his first comeback. Rose also tore his left ACL in April 2012.
Rose, who missed Tuesday’s light workout at the Advocate Center after complaining of right knee soreness, had played in 19 straight games and 30 of 31. This stretch of health had seemingly put questions about his surgically-repaired knees behind him and the organization
Now, that’s all the Bulls face. Rose is scheduled to make $20 million next season and $21.3 million in 2016-17. Those are restrictive numbers for a franchise that is built around what once was Rose’s transcendent talent.
Now, unfortunately, Rose’s career is more defined by knee injuries.