After tearing his right medial meniscus, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will "likely" opt to undergo a surgical repair that will include an increased recovery period but without the risk of long-term problems, according to sources of the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson.
While recovery from such an injury could keep a player out from weeks to months, one of the dependent factors is up to Rose. Should he decide to have the meniscus removed, he could return sooner, but would face long-term issues -- Dwyane Wade explained to ESPN this year that his nagging knee issues are partially due to part of his meniscus being removed when he was playing in college.
Instead, Rose seems to be leaning toward having the meniscus reattached, which could potentially end his season, sources told Johnson.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent reattachment surgery after tearing his meniscus in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs. He missed just more than six months of time, but seemingly was ready to return. Westbrook has started fast since his first game back at the beginning of November, averaging 22 points, five assists and five rebounds per game.
For Rose to return in six months, the Bulls would need to remain alive in the playoffs until mid-May, which is around the time of the conference finals.