An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Is Derrick Rose's 2012-13 season in jeopardy?
The Chicago Bulls are preparing for the 2012-13 season as if starting point guard Derrick Rose won't be available.
During Chicago's first round series against the 76ers, Rose tore his ACL and meniscus. And according to Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times, "The Bulls aren't counting on Rose returning next season. They aren't even planning on it."
The injury, which sidelined Rose for the rest of the Bulls' 4-2 series loss, was the latest in a series of bad luck for the 2011 NBA MVP. Rose missed 27 of Chicago's 66 games during the season, and when he did play, his numbers were down, including his scoring average (21.8 points, down from 25.0) and field goal percentage (43.5 percent down from 44.5 percent).
Hayes also spoke with Brian Cole, the doctor who performed surgery on Rose's knee. Cole, speaking about the long-term psychological effects the injury could have Rose, told Hayes, "People ask why you don't get back to pre-injury level. In some cases, there's just a level of confidence that they don't get, which is why we emphasize it so much during rehab, to help train an individual that it's safe to [play basketball]."
According to Hayes, Rose, whose trademark is his explosive, high-impact style of play, will be able to start running in four months, and projects to be able to start practicing with the Bulls in January. At that point, Chicago will have to determine whether Rose is able to return to full speed by season's end, or if it will be better to hold out their star guard until the 2013-14 season.
Rose turns 24 in October.