Derrick Rose’s rehab clock has begun ticking. Rose had successful surgery today on his torn ACL and is expected to now begin his rehab, a process which will take 6-9 months.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the surgery was conducted at Rush University Medical Center by team physician Dr. Brian Cole.
“Dr. (Brian) Cole did the surgery — the doctor from the Chicago Bulls,” Rose’s brother Reggie said. “He did a great job. Derrick came out of it and so far everything is going well. My mom, my brothers, the whole family right now is over there to support him.”
The Bulls imploded without Rose in the playoffs and were bounced from the payoffs on Thursday by the 76ers in a one point loss. Chicago’s season was summed in three letters in Game 1: ACL. Although the injury was unrelated to all the previous injuries Rose had, it would turn out defining the season that saw injuries to Rip Hamilton, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng among others.
But the fight isn’t over yet. Rose needs to rehab and the fear is he may never be the same player. Rose puts an insane amount of stress on his lower body, torquing his knees with is sudden stops and contorting his body to make cartoonish baskets seem easy.
Rose will not be ready for the start of the 2013 season and won’t be back until at least Decemeber at the earliest. But given how banged up he was with not just the ACL, it would be a shockingly stupid notion to bring Rose back any sooner then the maximum nine months which means he’d be penciled in for a February return.
“He’s not sitting out the entire (2012-2013) year. We’re just going to bring him back slowly,” Reggie said. “I think the biggest thing to do is not put a time limit on it, just when he feels comfortable. When he comes back, he’s got to learn how to trust his body. I tore my ACL in college also. So it’s him learning how to trust his body.”
Don’t be surprised at all if Rose isn’t brought out of the garage until March.
Chicago is going to endure a brutal opening to the season which very well could see them without Luol Deng and Joakim Noah as they have both committed to their Olympic teams (Britain and France respectively).
But Rose’s surgery is the first good news Chicago has had regarding their superstar all season long it seems. The long journey to recovery now begins and the question now becomes will Rose be the same?