Derrick Rose, last season’s MVP, could miss the entire 2012-13 season because of the torn ACL in his left knee on April 28 in the first game of the playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Dr. Brian Cole, who performed the surgery said the best case scenario would be for he 23-year-old guard to return in eight months, which would be about a month before next season’s all-star break.
“Derrick is doing great,” Cole said Tuesday at a press conference at Rush University Medical Center. “The surgery went extremely well. Really no surprises. It was pretty routine.
“We’re at this point very optimistic. We think of recovery as the long process that’s in stages. But the short answer is the time frame we believe an athlete of this caliber generally requires is about eight to 12 months. Sometimes shorter, sometimes longer.”
Without Rose, the Bulls became only the fifth No. 1 seed to lose to an eighth seed as the Sixers won in six games.