The Chicago Bulls are officially saying Derrick Rose will be out indefinitely following upcoming surgery to repair a torn right medial meniscus, ESPN's Marc Stein reports, and the recovery timetable is dependent on several factors. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, it first depends on how Rose elects to treat the injury.
If Rose decides to reattach the meniscus - usually the route taken by young players - he's expected to miss the rest of the regular season. To clip off the meniscus is a riskier long-term issue, but could have Rose back in one to two months.
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade opened up about his own meniscus surgery from more than a decade ago, noting that removing the meniscus eventually caught up to him in recent years, according to ESPN.
Such a lack of clarity seems fit for a meniscus tear, an injury that in recent memory has had various degrees of impact to different NBA players.
The Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook underwent surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus after a contact injury in late April, and he returned to game action six months later. Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Chase Budinger likewise needed months to recover from a meniscus tear in 2012-13.
In 2012, a 39-year-old Grant Hill needed surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear and came back 13 days later -- though he was limited for the rest of the season in the few games that remained. And last season, Metta World Peace needed just 12 days to recover from surgery on a meniscus tear.
Rose's injury suffered on Friday night was to his right knee, not the same one that needed surgery to repair a torn ACL and required all of the 2012-13 season to recover.