Derrick Rose, who missed all of the last season following surgery on his left knee, left Moda Center in Portland on crutches on Friday after tearing the medial meniscus in his right knee in the third quarter against the Trail Blazers and will undergo surgery. Rose had an MRI yesterday to confirm the torn meniscus and will be out indefinitely.
Pay per head services remember that the Bulls went 45-37 and made the playoffs as the No. 5 seed without Rose last season. Kirk Hinrich will likely be their starting point guard without Rose and Marquis Teague will see his minutes increase as his backup.
The Bulls still have the talent to make a playoff run without Rose, they have already proven that they can win him. After this season, Rose will still have three years and $60.2 million remaining on the five-year super-max extension he signed in 2011.
His latest injury isn’t severe enough for the Bulls to give up on him as a franchise player, as the Trail Blazers were forced to with Brandon Roy after repeated knee surgeries robbed him of his ability. Rose will likely return at close to the MVP level of play he had in the past, whenever that return takes place.