Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman said point guard Derrick Rose should be able to return to action within four to six weeks after having minor knee surgery.
The six-week recovery period would put Rose back on the floor near the start of the playoffs.
Rose had surgery Friday to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. Forman said that Rose had the damaged part of meniscus removed and will start "aggressive" rehab on Saturday. According to the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson, the surgery lasted "roughly 10 minutes" and Rose is now "pain free" with the meniscus removed.
Rose played in only 10 games last season before having surgery for a similar injury in November 2013, ending his comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Rose, 26, was the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 2008-09 and named the league’s Most Valuable Player two seasons later, becoming the youngest player ever to win that award.
Rose had played in 19 straight games before the Bulls announced this week that he would need knee surgery, putting his season in jeopardy. He averaged 18.4 points, five assists and 3.1 rebounds in 46 games before getting injured.
Chicago (36-22) is in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, a half-game behind the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- Scooby Axson