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article imageChicago Bulls' Derrick Rose has torn meniscus, needs surgery

By Phyllis Smith Asinyanbi     Nov 24, 2013 in Sports
Portland - The Chicago Bulls confirmed Saturday that an MRI revealed a medial meniscus tear to Derrick Rose's right knee. His injury requires a surgical repair, and he'll be out indefinitely.
Rose was taken to the locker room near the end of the third quarter of Friday night's game where the Bulls lost, 98-95, to the Portland Trail Blazers.
The injury occurred when Rose lost footing while trying to get back on defense after Nicolas Batum stole a pass from Joakim Noah and started in the opposite direction. There was no visible contact on the play, but afterward, Rose couldn't put weight on his knee. The Blazers scored and Rose left the game during timeout.
The 2011 MVP previously tore the ACL (anterior cruciate ligagment) in his left knee in April 2012 and missed the entire last season. Rose went through intense rehabilitation and was criticized for not returning before the season ended, but he emphasized that he wanted to be 100 percent before returning.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau spoke of Rose's injury on Friday, stating, "I'm concerned. Any time anyone goes down, you're concerned.... But I don't want to speculate until we get more information for you guys. We'll have more [Saturday] for you guys."
Thibodeau added that he felt badly for Rose because of how much work he had put into rehab after the ACL tear, how hard-working Rose is and how much he means to the team.
Teammate Taj Gibson and Thibodeau both said Rose was disappointed he couldn't finish the game.
Rose averaged 15.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds and shot 35.4 percent from the field in Chicago's 10 games since returning to the Bulls.
It was expected that he would struggle after sitting out last season. On Nov. 16, he played his best game in a 110-94 win against the Indiana Pacers, scoring 20 points. He has averaged 15.4 points per game this season.
Rose spoke with USA Today in February about his performance goals before returning to the Bulls after the ACL injury, saying, "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."
Thibodeau said the remaining Bulls will have to step up their game in light of Rose's injury. The manager said, "No one will feel sorry for us. So we're going to have to be ready."
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