Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has been cleared to resume basketball activities in two weeks after undergoing surgery on a left orbital fracture, the team announced Wednesday. He could still play for opening night on Oct. 27, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Head coach Fred Hoiberg said Wednesday there was "no structural damage," so Rose will be ready to play again once the bone is healed.
Rose suffered the injury on the team's first day of practice on Tuesday. Rose caught an elbow in the face and suffered a left orbital fracture that required surgery. It doesn't sound like a major procedure, however, given Hoiberg's statement of a lack of structural damage.
Rose's career has been derailed by injuries since tearing his ACL in Game 1 of the Bulls' first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2012 NBA playoffs. He proceeded to miss the entire 2012-13 season while recovering from surgery, then suffered a season-ending meniscus tear only 10 games into the 2013-14 season. Rose returned for the Bulls in 2014-15 to play in 51 games, but still needed surgery for another meniscus tear.
Rose averaged 17.7 points and 4.9 assists per game last season for Chicago. He became the youngest MVP in NBA history by claiming the award in 2011 when he averaged 25 points and 7.7 assists over 81 games.