Chicago Bulls has announced that their point guard Derrick Rose will have surgery to repair his meniscus tear he suffered in his right knee on Monday, according to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
Dr. Brian Cole, the same physician who fixed Rose’s ACL in May of 2012, will perform the surgery in Chicago.
“[He’s] headed back to Chicago today. He’ll have surgery [Monday]. Then we’ll have a better idea about what the time table will be,” Thibodeau said.
Thibodeau said he was unsure how long Rose would be out.
“The big part is they won’t know [which surgery to perform] until they get in,” Thibodeau said. “So we’re hoping for the best. We of course feel very badly for Derrick. I talked to him at length last night. He’s in good spirits. About as well as can be expected under the circumstances. And he’s already thinking about his rehab and typical Derrick — concerned about his team, his teammates. But that being said, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’re the Chicago Bulls. We have one goal, that’s to win. And I believe we have the personnel in that locker room to get it done.”
The coach also said he expects Rose to make a full recovery but said there is a sentiment of disappointment throughout the locker room.
“There’s disappointment for Derrick because of the type of person he is,” Thibodeau said. “And he’s such a great teammate along with being a great player. But I think we have an understanding of what we need to do. We know we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. So we have to circle the wagons and then go out there and get the job done.
“You just take things as they come. This is all part of the NBA. Injuries are part of it. That’s why it’s a team. I have a lot of confidence in the guys that are on our bench. They’ve done a good job of preparing themselves. They have to understand what their job is, get in there, and get the job done.”